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Vet expects to answer call for bigger impact after 'difficult' season

Published: Sunday, Dec. 11 2011 9:46 p.m. MST

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Old Timer
the boonies, mexico

I personally like Raja and what he "has" done in the past for this team, however that being said it was a Jerry Sloan choice and mistake to have brought him back last year. This team doesn't need his veteran leadership, the coaching staff and 1 or 2 vets like Watson is enough. In other words his salary is a waste of money!

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Raja is a great person and the team has benefitted by hi8m showing the ropes to the younger players.

Some fans might have jumped off the Bell bandwagon, but Jazz management hasn't. The Jazz management might consider hiring him in the place of Hornacek rather than giving him a playing position.

Billups would help out the Jazz, as would Vince Carter, both players who can still play and provide the leadership.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@Doug10

I highly doubt Billups would join...he specifically mentioned that he would be a problem to the team that gets him if he didnt want to play for that team...he wants to be in a contender...so i highly doubt he will come in and help...

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Who didn't like what Bell did a few years ago with the Jazz? He played well and brought a lot of hustle to the team. The Jazz revived his then struggling career and he repaid Utah by leaving for Phoenix. No problem. Last year Utah takes him back and he struggles. I hope he does well this season... bottom line, make or break year for Bell.

JP
Chandler, AZ

Good to hear that, after a rough shooting year, he spent the extended offseason working on his...fishing.

onetobeamup
Murray, UT

JP - thanks for your unintelligent sarcasm ... fishing was exactly what he needed to get his shooting touch back because for a veteran shooter with near perfect mechanics, what he needed was a clear head and fresh outlook.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

I'd love to have Raja's intensity back here with the Suns. I'll never forget the way he humiliated Kobe with his defense.
If he brings back that intensity to the Jazz, he'll be worth every dime.
He's a class act and a positive in the locker room.
He's kinda like our Grant Hill. His best days are over, but his good days are a steady solid effort every night without the drama.
@JP, please note that coach was pleased with his conditioning.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

Raja's a smart guy. It sounds like he's kept himself in shape, and he's seemed genuinely excited to be back in Utah. Hopefully he's done his work in the off season to improve his shooting game. I think he could surprise a lot of fans this year if he has. He strikes me as being a lot like Bryon Russell, who the Jazz almost cut back in '97 because his shooting game wasn't very good. But, as Coach Phil Johnson pointed out recently, he did a lot of work in the off season to improve his game, and when Ostertag got injured that year, Russell became a key part of the team, especially during the play-offs and NBA finals with the Bulls. Granted Russell was younger, but he had also been with the Jazz four seasons at that point. I agree this is a make-or-break season for Raja, but looking at our roster, I still think he brings a lot to the team, and I hope he does well.

Silly Rabbit
Small Town, USA, UT

I hope Raja has a good season he is what the Jazz need, but come on D-News the whole using his last name in "Raja rings the Bell" "the Bell rings for Raja" kind of way is getting old................

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Bell's tenacious defense and trey ability are reasons Jazz fans will be glad he backed up Hayward at the 2 by the time this year is over with. Those two can provide a lot of fouls against the likes of Kobe. The Jazz simply don't have another person to back up Hayward (who should be the starter at 2).

I'm glad he's back for another year or so. He should be better prepared (physically speaking) than he was able to be last year when he was subpar because of prior injury issues. It'll make a big difference in the level of his contribution that he's had time to get over his injury issues.

Motappin
Sandy, UT

I think Raja will be fine...just needs to get his head right and it sounds like he's done that. Even if he doesn't shoot that well, his defense and veteran presence will make a difference. The best things about Raja are 1. he's fearless and 2. he likes Utah.

JP Skillet
Murray, UT

Raja should quietly retire mid-season and join Harpring as an announcer. He's a smart, articulate guy but no good on the floor anymore. We should amnesty him and pick up someone else. we don't need him at all.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Amnesty.

If Bell does not show up this season that is what should be done with him. He sure was a bust last season.

Amnesty seems like a solution that would allow us to get someone who has the ability to still contribute. Sure give him a chance but if he starts out like he played last year then bye bye.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I like some aspects of Bell's game but not enough to have him be a starter, Hayward and CJ have more to offer as does Burks, I hope Corbin realizes that and plays Bell accordingly. Bell can be an asset but getting major minutes isn't the way. I hope Hayward and CJ start at the wings , with Burks getting the major minutes as the backup. My starting lineup would be Harris, Hayward, Miles, Favors, Big Al. I think Favors needs to start for several reasons, foremost as a defensive presence and 2nd ly so his great potential can be developed. I know Milsap is good but he can't offer the things Favors can, especially defensively. IMO Milsap needs to be our 6th man.

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