Parker frustrated after being pulled in 4th quarter

Updated: April 6, 2007, 12:05 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers guard Smush Parker wasn't happy when he was benched for the entire fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 90-82 loss to the Clippers.

On Thursday, Parker made sure Lakers coach Phil Jackson knew how he felt.

Smush Parker
Parker

When asked by the Los Angeles Times if he would be ready to play Friday night in Seattle, Parker said, "I was ready to play [Wednesday] night. I wanted to play [Wednesday] night. I didn't appreciate being benched."

Parker told the newspaper he was surprised when he wasn't put back in the lineup Wednesday and was asked on Thursday what he had to do to get back on the court.

"I feel fine. I felt I did everything I need to do to be out there. I gave up trying to read that man a long time ago," Parker told the newspaper, referring to Jackson.

Parker said Jackson told him that he wasn't pressuring the Clippers or playing with enough energy Wednesday night. Parker has started every game with the Lakers since August 2005, but told the newspaper he didn't assume he'd be in the starting lineup Friday.

Jackson explained his decision to bench Parker as such: "It just didn't feel like he had the enthusiasm to get up there and press the ball and do the kind of things Shammond [Williams] and Jordan [Farmar] and Sasha [Vujacic] would do," Jackson told the newspaper.

Jackson and Parker also clashed when Parker was removed in the fourth quarter from last month's game against the Phoenix Suns because Parker was struggling offensively and defensively. The two argued briefly and Parker spent the rest of the game pouting at the end of the bench.

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