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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.
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.”
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.
“I had my lip busted a couple of times,” he said. “Let’s be real: In the NBA, people pay to see Kobe score a lot of points. They don’t pay to see Tony Allen or me or Bruce Bowen hold a guy to a lower field-goal percentage. The refs didn’t do s*** about it. I don’t know what precipitated it that moment. I just know that my mouth was done taking blows to it.” The Suns won Game 5, and Bell was suspended for Game 6 — which Phoenix won anyway, 126-118 in overtime. With Bell back in Bryant’s face for 40-plus minutes in Game 7, the Suns eliminated the Lakers in a 121-90 blowout.
Storyline: Kobe Bryant Retirement
In the video above, CBS Sports NBA analyst and former NBA veteran Raja Bell laid into Russell, saying that were he the GM of the team, he would trade Russell immediately. “You’re a family, man, you’re a brotherhood,” Bell said of the relationship between teammates. “You spend so much time with those guys. You would never want to put a teammate or a buddy in a position like that. The things that are said between teammates, in locker rooms, are supposed to be private. It’s a safe haven. I’m not advocating for anything that was done wrong, obviously, but as brothers, you don’t put your other brothers on blast. I’m trading him. “You have to go,” Bell continued. “I say that emotionally right now. Give it some time maybe I change my mind. As Raja Bell, NBA player for 13 years, being a general manager, one of my youngins does that, you gotta go. Give me something else.”