Tag:Raja Bell
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

Posted by Ben Golliverdavid-stern-asleep

"Plantation overseer" might be going too far, according to one NBA player, but David Stern does deserve some criticism for how he handles his business as commissioner.

Respected veteran Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell told 790 AM in Miami that, while he didn't agree with television commentator Bryant Gumbel's controversial evokation of slavery, Stern does display some dictatorial tendencies.

Here's Bell's thoughts via SportsRadioInterviews.com
Your thoughts on Bryant Gumbel’s comments on David Stern being a “plantation overseer?”

“[Laughs a few times] Some of what he says in that interview or on his show I think is accurate. I don’t mean the racial part of what he said. I mean [NBA] commissioner Stern in my personal opinion…I feel like he’s a bit in the way of us making progress here. I feel like he might be in his last few years as commissioner and he is looking to make his legacy on what kind of deal he get can get these owners this time around. I feel strongly about that. I feel like he has been one of the biggest problems in this whole lockout. It’s unfortunate we have not been able to get past that, but as far the racial part of what he said; I don’t necessarily touch on that. I don’t know what David Stern’s motives are. I don’t know how he views us as players. I do think he rules the NBA with an ‘iron fist,’ and it is his way or the highway. I don’t necessarily agree with that philosophy, but the rest of it…I don’t know. I don’t know where Bryant is coming from. I don’t know what he was thinking at the time. I am surely not on the same page as him with some of that.”
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver stood up for his boss on Thursday, saying Gumbel's comments were "outrageous."

All things considered, Stern's reputation as a tough-minded executive and fierce negotiator are well-earned. But Thursday may very well have been his "Emperor with no clothes" moment, as a "worn down" Stern stayed home to battle a flu while the ongoing labor talks blew up in his absence. With hard-liners carrying the day and National Basketball Players Association president openly accusing the owners of lying on national television, Stern's fist looked more velvet than iron, at least for 24 hours.

That could be an ominous development for NBA fans. The ball is now clearly in Stern's court. He must act next in determining if and when to cancel further NBA games. Will he cancel two weeks? Will he cancel a month? Will he cancel all the way until Christmas, as he threatened to do last week? And, importantly, will he be able to establish a consensus on a deal-making position among his own owners with the clock ticking?

Those are all difficult questions and they demand a pro-active, tough-minded executive. Stern has rarely failed to fill that role during his multiple decades heading up the NBA. If he opts to put on his iron glove and pound his fist on the table, it could be awhile before we see hoops on the hardwood.
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:20 pm
 

J.R. Smith fined for flagrant foul 2 on Raja Bell

Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for a flagrant foul on Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell. Posted by Ben Golliver.

In the fourth quarter of Friday night's game between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith and Jazz guard Raja Bell engaged in a series of pushing and shoving exchanges. The incidents culminated with a hard foul by Smith on Bell with 6:45 remaining in the game. Smith was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game for slashing down on Bell's arms during a transition lay-up attempt, sending Bell crashing to the ground and causing Jazz guard Deron Williams to rush to his teammate's defense. 

On Saturday, the NBA announced that it was fining Smith $25,000 for his flagrant foul on Bell. 
J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets has been fined $25,000 for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
Here's a look at the video of the exchanges between Smith and Bell, plus the hard foul that resulted in the ejection, via YouTube user MIaruntingzagwantilf



The Jazz went on to win the game, 113-106, in Denver. Utah improved to 30-21; Denver dropped to 29-21.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:18 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:19 am
 

The Shootaround: LA takes Utah's swagger

Charles Barkley names his pick for best point guard, A Magic writer keeps Dwight Howard's future in perspective, the Jazz take another top loss, Billy Hunter warns the Sacramento Kings to save money and Kendrick Perkins' tough road back to the court is remembered. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • There have been some very early reports that Dwight Howard might fly the coop in Orlando when he's able to be a free agent, but Orlando Pinstriped Post argues that it could be worse for Magic fans, as Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams has already turned up his rhetoric. "Williams' remarks illustrate that Orlando doesn't quite have it so bad with Howard. Apart from complaining about his teammates' defense--something he's obviously entitled to do, given the accuracy of his statements and his status as a team co-captain--Howard's at least remained neutral about his pending free agency.
  • Speaking of the Jazz, they've been struggling, and got crushed by the Lakers last night. Raja Bell tries to explain things to the Salt Lake Tribune, "We just lost our swagger somewhere along the lines. You know, we start pressing, we start trying to do everything so right that it backfires. I think it's a tough way to play."
  • Beyond The Beat catches up with the Sacramento Kings regarding an impending work stoppage. "It could take a year. It could take a day. We really don't know, but I know it's a serious issue and I can see them (players' association) pushing a lockout," Carl Landry told Beyond the Beat. "He (Hunter) forewarned us that there might be a lockout in effect, and he shared different ideas that will help prepare us for the lockout. They (players' association) are there for us and are already thinking about different contestants and things that will help the players."
  • Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton says he does not support the Oklahoma City Thunder in any way, notes the Seattle PI. "He would not attend an alumni event in Oklahoma City if invited. 'I didn't play in Oklahoma City,' he said. 'That would be disrespect to Seattle fans. We never played there. Why would we go to Oklahoma City and give the fans that opportunity or privilege?'"
  • Good news for Hornets fans: AFP reports that the team won't be going anywhere. "The NBA New Orleans Hornets will remain in the Louisiana city for at least another season after meeting an attendance goal that prevents an escape clause activation in their arena lease."
  • The Heat Index investigates what using LeBron James as a power forward will look like for the Miami Heat.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:32 am
 

Preseason Primer: Utah Jazz

Posted by Matt Moore
 
Losing your second best player to free agency should be the kind of thing that sets your franchise back coniderably (don't tell the Suns). But the Utah Jazz, the model of consistency in the NBA since Jerry Sloan took over back in the Paleozoic Era, they just keep plugging right along. Making smart, well-reasoned decisions have led them to replacing Carlos Boozer with Al Jefferson. The question is if they can pick up where they left off. And that's where we begin the latest of our Preseason Primers with the Utah Jazz.

Training camp site: Salt Lake City, Utah

Training camp starts: September 28th

Key additions: Al Jefferson (trade), Raja Bell (free agency), Francisco Elson (free agency)

Key subtractions: Carlos Boozer (free agency), Kyle Korver (free agency), Wesley Matthews (free agency), Kosta Koufos (traded)

Likely starting lineup: Deron Williams (PG), C.J. Miles (SG), Andrei Kirilenko (SF), Al Jefferson (PF), Mehmet Okur (C)

Player to watch: Paul Millsap. Al Jefferson was brought in to replace Carlos Boozer, after Paul Millsap was given a huge new contract to replace Boozer. Now that Jefferson has arrived, Millsap finds himself in one of two positions entering camp. He either needs to battle on the glass and play "big" enough to prove he can play in tandem with Jefferson, or he needs to detonate to a degree where Sloan has a legitimate quandray on his hands between the two. Under the right circumstances, either is possible, though neither is likely.


Chemistry quiz: This really all comes down to Jefferson. Deron Williams is still the floor general, and many of the Jazz players have been there for years. Jefferson faces tremendous pressure not only to make an impact immediately, but to work in tandem with Deron Williams and commit himself to Sloan's defensive principles. The Jazz aren't exactly a superstar-centric team, and Jefferson has to prove he can fit that model from the get-go.


Camp battles: Outside of the aforementioned Millsap-Jefferson rumble, shooting guard should be lively. Raja Bell has had enough time off to be completely healthy, but he's got a lot of miles on those wheels. C.J. Miles has a fresher set of treads, but he's also maddeningly inconsistent.

Injury issues:
Deron Williams was severely banged up at the end of last season, so keeping him in the best health possible is top priority. Mehmet Okur may or may not be available by start of the season, so that will be the biggest injury to keep an eye on. The Jazz have been banged up in general over the past few years, and that's before you factor in the knee problems of Al Jefferson. Keep the tape handy, trainer man.

Biggest strength: Versatility. The Jazz have the ability to get up the floor, to slow it down when need be, to work out of the post to an improved degree, and to hit from the perimeter. They play solid defense and can compete with anyone. Those elements shouldn't shift much with the new additions.

Glaring weakness: Cohesiveness. The Jazz have mostly had positive runs over the past six years, but the lows tend to be really low. Jerry Sloan will need to work with what is now a younger team to develop consistency. Additionally, while the Jazz have been very good, they've lacked a ceiling of great. That's the level they need to get to if they want to contend in the West.
Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:44 am
 

Bell Jazz sting clears way for Brown's LA return

Posted by Matt Moore

Looks like they may "Let Shannon Dunk" in LA again. With Raja Bell now out of the picture after trapising off to the Jazz, a spot has been cleared for Shannon Brown to return to Los Angeles. His agent told Yahoo! Sports that he and Lakers' General Manager are "close" on working something out to allow the 24-year-old combo-guard to retrun to LA for another contract to continue the title run.

Brown was considered expendable as the Lakers tried to upgrade their backcourt, but with all other options having departed, Brown seems like the safe lock. Brown, a fan favorite for his death=defying missed dunk attempts in garbage time, had an up and down year for the Lakers last season. When Kobe Bryant was injured, he stepped in and contributed brilliantly, scoring, driving, and attacking. But as soon as the Mamba stepped back on the floor, his confidence seemed to wane. Additionally, his defense is inconsistent, occasionallly being spot on with great help-defense and aggressive perimeter ball-pressure, and other times getting worked over and lost in various sets and switches.

Still, this will work out great for LA, who get a young, versatile, athletic player that can play either position to back up the ancient Derek Fisher, and just gives them yet another component of something that's already been proven to work. All the pieces are falling into place for another Lakers championship run.


Posted on: July 14, 2010 9:50 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Report: Bell cancels with Kobe, signs with Jazz

Posted by Royce Young

No summit for Raja Bell and Kobe Bryant to potentially set aside differences. Instead, Bell has signed a three-year deal worth about $10 million with Utah, Marc Stein reports .

What does this mean? First off, this is a pretty clear indication the Jazz don't plan to match on Wesley Matthews. Second, it probably means their chase for Ronnie Brewer is over. Bell isn't an elite offensive player player by any means (averaging just 10.3 points per game for his career) but he's an above average defensive player and a winning type of player.

He's 33 and is coming off a season where he only played six games, so three years is a little bit lengthy for him. I'd expect for the third year to probably be non-guaranteed. The Jazz obviously still could match on Matthews or go after a free agent like Brewer, but if they choose not to, now they have some insurance in Bell.

Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Raja Bell and Kobe Bryant to meet, not rumble

Posted by Matt Moore

Cats and dogs, living together, mass hysteria !

Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell are meeting tomorrow in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of Bell joining the defending champions to shore up their bench. You probably remember the two's most famouse meeting, in which Raja clotheslined Kobe like he was aiming for the WWE championship belt during the first round of the 2006 playoffs.

Kobe summarily dismissed Bell to the media, saying he didn't even know that "kid's" name. But now? It's been a few years, the two have made up somewhere along the way, and now Kobe is actually recruiting Bell. Bryant knows that with Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar gone, there's an opportunity for the Lakers to improve their bench, which was horrific last year and nearly cost them their title.

Bell would fit in perfect with the Lakers off the bench, shooting corner threes as the defense collapses on the Lakers forwards/Kobe and playing top-notch defense. He would be a veteran option versus the inexperienced reserves they've been tossing out lately when the top guys rest.

But it would certainly be weird. A guy who clotheslined another guy going to the other guy's team. Championship dreams make strange bedfellows. So does LA being awesome.
 
 
 
 
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