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July 14, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
So much for mending fences. Free-agent guard Raja Bell decided to sign with the Utah Jazz instead of the Lakers, accepting more money than the Lakers could have offered. Bell, 34, was supposed to meet with longtime adversary Kobe Bryant on Wednesday, but opted instead for a three-year contract worth a reported $10 million from the Jazz. The most the Lakers could have offered was $1.77 million next season, the remaining amount of their mid-level exception. The Lakers currently have nine players on their roster, not including two second-round picks who have played well on their summer-league team in Las Vegas — forwards Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks.
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March 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Utah Jazz got the last laugh on veteran guard Raja Bell, 36, whom they have been feuding with all season. The Jazz released Bell, who hadn't played for the team all season, on Sunday. But it's the timing of the release that makes it interesting: It came after the March 1 deadline for him to be picked up by another team and still be eligible for the playoffs. Any team that picks him up now can use him until the regular season ends, but won't be able to add him to their postseason roster.
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July 13, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has done a lot of things in his career, winning five championships, two NBA Finals MVP trophies and a regular-season MVP award. Now he's doing something else — recruiting for the Lakers. Derek Fisher credited the 12-time All-Star with being a main reason to return to the Lakers, and now Bryant will put aside past differences to meet with free-agent guard Raja Bell on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Bryant once said he had "bigger fish to fry" than Bell after a squabble with the former Phoenix Suns guard, but now Bryant is hoping the Lakers can reel him in with what's left of their midlevel exception: $1.77 million next season.
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February 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have been linked to Raja Bell since before he signed with the Utah Jazz in 2010.  Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Bell for the Lakers but the Jazz offered him a lucrative contract. Bell's relationship with Utah soured after two seasons. Now, in the final year of his deal, Bell has spent the entire season away from the team after both sides agreed to part ways. He's still under contract with the Jazz but has been inactive. Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor spoke on 1280-AM "The Zone" about Bell on Monday.
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June 11, 2001
76ER Quotes "This is a long war, and don't be surprised if you see Game 7." DIKEMBE MUTOMBO *** "I don't want to say we let it slip away. We were right there, kept fighting and just weren't able to pull it off." ALLEN IVERSON *** "If you told me I would play Raja Bell and Todd MacCulloch and Jumaine Jones for the world championship, that might be in 2008 and I probably wouldn't have been there. But this is the only way you can play the Lakers."
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November 5, 2008 | associated press
Dallas 98, at San Antonio 81: Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points, Jason Terry had 29 in his first start of the season and the Mavericks sent the Spurs to their first 0-3 record in 35 years. Dallas shot 53% from the field compared to 42% for San Antonio. The Spurs are off to their worst start since opening the 1973-74 ABA season 0-4. Phoenix 114, at New Jersey 86: Raja Bell made all six of his three-point shots and scored 22 points, and the Suns shot 63% from the field in beating the Nets at East Rutherford, N.J. Steve Nash had 12 points and 11 assists and Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and six rebounds as the Suns won for the third time in four games.
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June 7, 2001 | Lonnie White
Kobe Bryant had a terrible game Wednesday, missing 15 of 22 field-goal attempts, but don't think for a second that the 76ers are taking credit for his poor shooting. "We have the best on-ball defenders in the league if you look at Aaron McKie, Allen [Iverson], Eric Snow, even though he's limited, and Raja Bell," Coach Larry Brown said. "They can guard anybody one-on-one. But Kobe didn't have one of his better games. We were just trying to make him not shoot layups."
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May 7, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The series ended as it began, with elbows and angry glares, followed by one last parting shot from Raja Bell. The Lakers and Phoenix Suns aren't known for physical basketball, but their series had just about everything, right up to the final game. Kobe Bryant picked up another hard foul against Bell, elbowing him in the cheek while trying to break free of him in the second quarter. Bell, however, delivered the final blow to Bryant after the Suns' runaway 121-90 victory.
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May 5, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Phoenix Sun guard Raja Bell wasn't at Staples Center, as per league rules for suspended players, but he watched Game 6 from the swank team hotel in Beverly Hills and was still part of the festivities, in a sense. Laker Coach Phil Jackson disputed Bell's version of their Game 5 sideline chat, saying he did not use an expletive while critiquing Bell's defense. Then, for extra measure, he reiterated his assertion that Bell had been unfairly hounding Kobe Bryant throughout the series.
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May 31, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Raja Bell was no longer limping. Neither were the Phoenix Suns. Written off after a home loss that seemed to demoralize most of the Sonoran Desert, the Suns got healthier in a big way with a series-tying 106-86 victory Tuesday over Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
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November 23, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports!, the Lakers have interest in Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell. Bell, a feisty defender who played for Coach Mike D'Antoni with the Phoenix Suns, is in the final year of his contract, earning $3.48 million.  The Jazz and Bell tried to negotiate a buyout over the summer but were unable to agree to terms.  Bell was instead asked not to come to camp in Utah and has been working out independently throughout...
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July 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the sixth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Raja Bell Former Team: Utah Jazz Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: One way to measure whether a player is a good fit for the Lakers involves his animosity level toward Kobe Bryant as an opponent. Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) often jawed with Bryant on the court, exchanging elbows, and even earned an ejection in the 2009 NBA playoffs.
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July 14, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
So much for mending fences. Free-agent guard Raja Bell decided to sign with the Utah Jazz instead of the Lakers, accepting more money than the Lakers could have offered. Bell, 34, was supposed to meet with longtime adversary Kobe Bryant on Wednesday, but opted instead for a three-year contract worth a reported $10 million from the Jazz. The most the Lakers could have offered was $1.77 million next season, the remaining amount of their mid-level exception. The Lakers currently have nine players on their roster, not including two second-round picks who have played well on their summer-league team in Las Vegas — forwards Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks.
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July 13, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has done a lot of things in his career, winning five championships, two NBA Finals MVP trophies and a regular-season MVP award. Now he's doing something else — recruiting for the Lakers. Derek Fisher credited the 12-time All-Star with being a main reason to return to the Lakers, and now Bryant will put aside past differences to meet with free-agent guard Raja Bell on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Bryant once said he had "bigger fish to fry" than Bell after a squabble with the former Phoenix Suns guard, but now Bryant is hoping the Lakers can reel him in with what's left of their midlevel exception: $1.77 million next season.
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November 5, 2008 | associated press
Dallas 98, at San Antonio 81: Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points, Jason Terry had 29 in his first start of the season and the Mavericks sent the Spurs to their first 0-3 record in 35 years. Dallas shot 53% from the field compared to 42% for San Antonio. The Spurs are off to their worst start since opening the 1973-74 ABA season 0-4. Phoenix 114, at New Jersey 86: Raja Bell made all six of his three-point shots and scored 22 points, and the Suns shot 63% from the field in beating the Nets at East Rutherford, N.J. Steve Nash had 12 points and 11 assists and Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and six rebounds as the Suns won for the third time in four games.
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May 31, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Raja Bell was no longer limping. Neither were the Phoenix Suns. Written off after a home loss that seemed to demoralize most of the Sonoran Desert, the Suns got healthier in a big way with a series-tying 106-86 victory Tuesday over Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
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May 17, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The media session with Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni had reached a lull. Steve Nash's shooting slump had been covered. Eddie House's shrinking role had been talked about. Even the health of forward Kurt Thomas, sidelined since February, had been discussed during the generous 30 or so minutes D'Antoni grants reporters before games. A Phoenix reporter looked up from the sofa in D'Antoni's office. "We're running out of questions," he said. Said D'Antoni: "I'm running out of answers."
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July 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the sixth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Raja Bell Former Team: Utah Jazz Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: One way to measure whether a player is a good fit for the Lakers involves his animosity level toward Kobe Bryant as an opponent. Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) often jawed with Bryant on the court, exchanging elbows, and even earned an ejection in the 2009 NBA playoffs.
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May 17, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The media session with Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni had reached a lull. Steve Nash's shooting slump had been covered. Eddie House's shrinking role had been talked about. Even the health of forward Kurt Thomas, sidelined since February, had been discussed during the generous 30 or so minutes D'Antoni grants reporters before games. A Phoenix reporter looked up from the sofa in D'Antoni's office. "We're running out of questions," he said. Said D'Antoni: "I'm running out of answers."
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May 7, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The series ended as it began, with elbows and angry glares, followed by one last parting shot from Raja Bell. The Lakers and Phoenix Suns aren't known for physical basketball, but their series had just about everything, right up to the final game. Kobe Bryant picked up another hard foul against Bell, elbowing him in the cheek while trying to break free of him in the second quarter. Bell, however, delivered the final blow to Bryant after the Suns' runaway 121-90 victory.
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