Raja Bell Rumors

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Raja Bell
Raja Bell
Position: None
Born: 09/19/76
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
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On this week’s Crossover on CBS Sports, former player Raja Bell lit into the Thunder players, saying it was “inexcusable” that they would fail to come to Westbrook’s defense: “You are supposed to come flying across the court,” Bell said. “You don’t have to punch him, because that’s a lot of money. But he should catch a forearm across his shoulder, a shove in the back, you ain’t gonna knock down Russell Westbrook, the everything to the team I’m playing on, who feeds me, who makes me better, you ain’t gonna do that and just stand over him and ice grill him.”
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Gary Payton, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Bruce Bowen, Ruben Patterson — the self-proclaimed “Kobe Stopper” — and Raja Bell, to name a few. And certainly, Tony Allen, who Bryant anointed in this, his farewell season, “the best defender I ever faced.” “My approach was to try to force him one way,” Allen told CBS Sports. “When that didn’t work, give him another look. Reach a little bit. Reach at the hand that was dribbling the ball. Try to distract him. Pull his jersey if I had to — just kind of throw everything but the kitchen sink at him defensively and live with the result.”
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Their personal grudge match boiled over in Game 5 of a 2006 first-round series between the Lakers and Suns, when Bell famously clotheslined Bryant on a drive to the basket. “He was catching it on the elbow a lot in that pinch-post area, where they ran the blind pig out of the triangle,” Bell said. “It’s a hard position to guard a guy on the floor because you can’t be in full denial or they’ll throw it over your head. You kind of have to be three-quarters because if he spins out, there’s nobody behind to protect you. I’d be on his shoulder trying to half-deny him, and it opened me up. In his mind, he’s probably holding me off with the left elbow while trying to receive the ball with the other hand. On my side, I was getting hit with elbows.