Raja found himself in the doghouse because he persisted in missing open shots
and he got a little slow on his feet and was repeatedly beat by his man. He had
been a great defensive player in his prime, but once he lost a step he was
expendable. He still would have had plenty of playing time if he hadn't
made such a big scene. You might get away with that in another city, but not in
Utah, where the Jazz brass have made it clear they will back the coach over any
player, even an All Star. And that's one thing I like about the Jazz.
They back their coach 100 percent.
Instead of this being about Raja who incidentally wa not that great after he
came to Utah. It should have been about KOC showing Raja who is boss.It cost Jazz 3.5 million but KOC showed Raja. Raja was occupying a roster
spot last season when Mo got hurt and Kanter was hurt and the Jazz were playing
everyone short of the water boys and KOC was busy teaching Raja who was
boss...my question is at what cost?Raja was supposedly a three point
shooter and a defensive specialist, and was til the Jazz shooting coach took him
under his wing, (thank goodness that coach is at the Suns now). Then Bells
average went in the toilet so he then he would work on defense but ended up
fouling more than defending. I note that Burke and Burkes are each
shooting less than 20% in the "summer league". Good thing the Jazz got
a distant 2nd round pick for Foye who set records in Utah for shooting
Even M.J. threw his tamper tantrums, more often than worshipers like to admit.
Coaches (even Phil Jackson and Corbin) don't walk and water and
make mistakes time and again.Their skin is just as thin as their
Raja was a great guy and a better than average Jazz player. Those
that bad-mouth him either didn't ever know him or that have short
memories.Best of luck to Raja!
Say what you will about Raja's "temper tantrums" and unprofessional
behavior, but he did a good job for the Jazz...maybe not outstanding, but as
good as some other higher paid players. Also, the Jazz organization did not
exactly play fair with him. He collected his 3.5 million because he was not
released in time to try to catch on with another team. Hope he can end his
professional career on a high note
Kevo and Americanvet:You guys are right. My bad. I just remember an
incident years ago when my boy played on a Jr. Jazz team and one of the boys
would regularly pull a "Raja Bell". His dad was an assistant coach so he
got away with it, much to the chagrin of the rest of the team and parents. But it isn't fair of me to disparage the group as a whole. Most of those
kids really are cream of the crop... as opposed to a few of those former Jazz
@TatorsHey, don't bring shame on little Junior Jazz players.
I've been involved a little with them and most of them are pretty good
Hey Tators!Don't be going throwing Jr. Jazz players under the
bus. They have way more class than this guy! What have they ever done to
NBA players are paid millions per year to support the team any way they can.
It's the coaches job to determine how, when and in what ways each player
can. When a player consequently throws a fit and then has a
locker-room tirade for being sent to the bench in a game, that is truly
unprofessional. A similar scenario was also the beginning of the end of
Deron's Utah career. I actually liked and admired Bell until he
pulled that stunt and acted like a spoiled little Junior Jazz player.
I'm sure he'll receive a warm welcome from Jazz fans when the Knicks
come to town.