That side, according to Parker, prevents anybody without a certain established level of accomplishment and bona fides from even speaking to Bryant:
"Midway through the first season, I tried to at least have a conversation with Kobe Bryant — he is my teammate, he is a co-worker of mine, I see his face every day I go in to work — and I tried to talk with him about football. He tells me I can't talk to him. He tells me I need more accolades under my belt before I come talk to him. He was dead serious. [...]
"We're teammates, we talk basketball on the court. [Our talks were] about getting him the ball pretty much."