Utah Jazz: Raja Bell questions his future in Utah

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  • Geek Man ,
    May 10, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    I like both Bell and Corbin. Sounds like they both need to communicate better. No communication for the last 2 months is a joke. It's their job. They should get to it.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 10, 2012 12:28 a.m.

    Change the coach...i think corbin fluked...we need a real coaching staff...the one that can and will develop our players and help them improve...

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    May 9, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    I'm in Bell's corner on this. When you have people trying to close on a three point shot from the opposite corner, time after time, somebody ain't coaching. It will take another year, I'm afraid two for the Jazz to get rid of Corbin, but it will happen. The article indicated that most of the players plan to work out together. Hope that happens. Millsap does not sound happy. The Jazz need to address this as Favors will probably leave as soon as he can but Millsap will stay and nobody has a better off season work ethic than him. I would like to see Millsap at the three next season with Favors, Jefferson, Heyward and Nash.

  • Bingham MOM South Jordan, Utah
    May 9, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Raja is the Jazz's best defensive player but yet they don't even put him in. I realize we have alot of young talent but they are NOT ready for the playoffs. It is a job to Raja so saying that I would be upset too!!!

  • Ilelakd Anchorage, AK
    May 9, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    For anyone that thought the Jazz had a glimmer of hope against a proven team like the Spurs this year is delusional. As someone who grew up a Jazz fan (that is no longer the case, so thanks Deron Williams) I was impressed with the team this year. Just making the playoffs was a major feat. If they had switched coaches for this series the results would have been the same. Its just going to take some time for this team to get to the next level. The parts are there, they just need time to mature and grow and making the playoffs this year was a positive step. So all of you who want instant results from a young, small market team better prepare yourselves for some tough times. Oh, and Bell is an overpaid, underperforming whiny veteran who is past his days and is jealous of those younger players who are first and foremost, younger, more talented, and possibly more mature.

  • Crotty Kid Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Bell would have done better than Burks and probably Hayward too. Even though he is a shell of his old self he is one of the few players with playoff experience. If this was a "give the young guys experience" thing then why was Josh Howard put in the starting lineup? I think this was a personal matter between Bell and Corbin. Bell does seem to whine but he really has been put in a situation he did not bargain for. A guy in the twilight of his career thought he would be playing for a hall of fame coach that he had a great relationship with and be a contending team with one of the best PG's in the league. He is instead on a rebuilding team with a rookie coach. Not saying Bell would have made much of a difference in the playoffs or even that we need him on the team but he's not the terrible, defiant washup that everyone is making him out to be.

  • glis ,
    May 9, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    I think Corbin has a good relationship with the player. I think he has done a good job coaching with shorten season he has done remarkable job he deserved a chance to prove himself I think the fans should be be he deserve a chance to prove himself. I think the Jazz Fan should be patient I'am sorry that there is problem with Raja I think he should work it out with the Jazz Organization I wish him will if he want to leave and for another team

  • Smart1? Sandy, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    Good bye Raja, you were good about 8 years ago. Well we are at it, can we get rid of CJ with Raja? and maybe bring in an actual true shooter?

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    May 8, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    I was disappointed when the Jazz picked up Bell; I'd rather they get people with character. What was Raja expected to contribute anyway? More cheap shots and clotheslines of Kobe?

    If Raja Bell is confused as to what professionalism looks like, then perhaps he should paid attention to the Spurs Manu Ginobli over the course of this 4 game series. Ginobli made the best of his role coming off the bench, anchoring their young players. He certainly didn't pout and feud for months on end.

    As for Ty Corbin, I'm worried about him. The Jazz need a new offense.

    The reason the players kept abandoning it was because it doesn't work! The Spurs were beating the Jazz to their places.

    And when the Jazz did run their offense all it was was nonsense that always resulted in isolating Jefferson and turning the rest of the team into spectators. Yawn.

    If Ty wants to stick around, he better do some homework this summer and study the offenses of the teams that are successful.

    Ty's got a stable full of thorough breads and he's treating them like plow horses.

  • BrianDavis1326 Clearfield, Utah
    May 8, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    What??!?!?!?!?!?!?! Raja actually said he shot the ball well this year?!?!?! That's the funniest thing I've heard! Good old Raja. Living in his own little alternate universe, where 0-8 games mean you're shooting 100%.

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    May 8, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    Well Mr. Bell communication is a two way street..... You did your complaining through the media. Did you ever go to Coach and ask him what is going on or did you think Coach was reading the fish wraps. I like you Raja but I saw the writing on the wall when you couldn’t D-up anymore. Yea you shot a high 3 pt % when you played but that was it. Both sides of the floor needed to played. You are now a Specialist you should be on a second unit as a spot up three point shooter against a zone defense, and sorry to break your bubble but you can’t man up any more so when your team plays a zone should be the only time you should play.

    But if I acted like you did at my job I would be told to hit the bricks, I wish I made 3 million last year so If was told to hit the bricks I could still pay my mortgage. Grow up Raja you 35 with bad knees and have made millions in your career

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    No trades are needed. A new coach is needed.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    May 8, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Forget the war with Corbin and Bell. Plain and simple, Corbin is not the man for the Utah Jazz coaching position. He have great players. Corbin just cannot figure out how to coach and who to have on the court when. If we want to have a future and to have good players on the Jazz roster than we need to get a coach that can outcoach, outmanage, and outsmart the other coaches. If the Jazz brass can get rid of Sloan after being a Hall of Fame coach then they can fire Corbin and hire a good coach without any hesitation. Hornacek for starters would be my choice. Hey Jazz brass, do you have the guts to do what you know has to be done? I DOUBT IT!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    May 8, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    And he says coach Corbin was unprofessional. What a punk. Good riddance.

  • Eugene2 Bear Lake, ID
    May 8, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    I'd be happy to sit on the Jazz bench for $3.5 mil per year!! Trade Raja for Jimmer! Sacramento didn't use him much either!! The Jazz would have had a phenomenal and profitable year in ticket sales and Jimmer products and probably would have won the same amount of games.

    Was passing up Jimmer smart for the Jazz? No, what a missed opportunity. I'm not saying Jimmer would have them winning any more games, but it would have raised the roof!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 8, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    I understand much of what Raja Bell is saying even though I don't necessarily like the way he is saying it. The media is the wrong venue in my opinion for this chatter as well.

    It seems Raja is trying to force his way out with one year left on his contract. I don't know if there will be any takers for Bell.

    The Jazz are a young and talented team but they are a fluxuating work in progress. The roles, lineups, design and philosophy is a little teeter totterish. Raja might be looking for a team where his skills can be simplified and he can do what he does each night.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 8, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    Raja Bell for Golden State's Shooting Coach (the one who coached Lin)...coz honestly...a lot of the guys took a dip from their shooting percentage

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 8, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Regardless of how Raja Bell feels about the Jazz organization, he was going to have to go if we are in any way going to build for the future. Along those lines, the contracts of Jefferson, Millsap, and Harris will have to be reconsidered if we are to move on as well. We need younger, more athletic guards. We also need a strong, athletic small forward. With the current group of young players, we have something to build on. Since we lost two lottery picks for this years draft, perhaps we need to do some trades to obtain a good pick or younger, more promising players.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 8, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Bell made 3.2mil this year and is due 3.5mil next year. Thanks but no thanks, see ya. I'm not happy about losing draft picks in this upcoming draft in place of a 4 games sweep in the playoffs which I predicted also. Rebuild with the least veterans needed O'Conner, just like Okla city has done. Besides Bell, goodbye to Miles, Watson, Howard, Jefferson and possibly Harris!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    May 8, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    The state as always just refuses to discuss the real issue. Not guarding 3s. Not playing Good Defense, try and outscore the other teams without getting needed stops. Raja is a Clubhouse Lawyer. He has an ego. He also did it to himself. During the games it was like 4 on 5 especially the First Half of the year as his teammates had no confidence to get him the ball. The Defenses knew it also and could cheat. Far As Corbin is concerned his decisions all Series on the lineup change to start and then not putting Favors in until Game 4, showed his inexperience. They were fatal. Just as fatal as saying "How Guarding 3s was not a priority". If anyone truly thinks this team will just get better "within" without dealing AJ in particular, getting another 7 Footer in the rotation, a Wing and better Coaching, sorry to disappoint...Good season and I will take it. Next year I will be a lot more critical....

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 8, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    Raja has a question and I have the answer.

    I hope he gets traded because he is irrelevant to this teams success and he continually acts like he is "the" guy by constantly making an issue of starting or not starting and playing time.

    I thought he would be good in those respects but that has not been the case so he needs to get gone!

    Older veteran role players can play an important role but he does not seem to think he is at that stage but watching his defense I would say he is definitely deserving of a lesser role.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 8, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Bell is a classless act. The coach may not be always right but he's always the coach (unless you are in Sac, Portland, Miami, Orlando, New York). Get rid of him. Yes, Okur is a free agent and I'd rather have him mentoring young players then Bell.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 8, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Remember, players now are strictly doing it as a job, and if their pay desires or egoes are not being sufficiently rewarded, they go elsewhere without any remorse.

    Fans need to have the same attitude.
    Especially for players who have been good, and not so good.

    Quit wasting money on this guy. What, a million dollars a year?

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 8, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    I can understand Bell's competitive fire--any player who doesn't play should have a feeling of disappointment, and have the confidence that they could have helped their teammates.

    It's a tough argument to make, however, that playing Bell would have made the Utah Jazz more competitive late in the season and in the postseason.

    Bell's legs are gone, he doesn't get the same lift on his jumpshots, and he does end up chasing his man these days on defense because he can no longer keep position against his man; anticipation no longer there.

    That being said, Bell is a class act, and would be a great mentor on another team, so I hope we're able to trade him to a better situation.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 8, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Sorry to see Raja go out like this, but I don't think you improve communication with the Coach by constantly complaining to the media. I think teamwork helped the Jazz exceed expectations. All I hear from Raja are complaints is about his role and how his needs are not being met. I hate to say it, but I think the team played better without him and that's why he sat on the bench.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    May 8, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    I like Raja, but he hasn't been able to get out there and perform like we needed him to. One could argue that's because Corbin hasn't given him the chance, but he's obviously failed to prove himself in practice as well. He'll be lucky to find a team that wants him, so if he REALLY wants those last few years in the league, he should focus on finding his game in the offseason. Corbin's a good coach, and I'm continually impressed by him. If Bell truly wants to prove his worth, and is willing to be a little more humble, I think Corbin will find time for him. Corbin admitted earlier in the season he liked the dynamic between Bell and Hayward, but Raja's also got to contribute on offense. Finding his shot would be the best way to guarantee a spot on the team next year, and more time on the court. Raja's future is in his own hands right now...

  • LoveMySports Syracuse, UT
    May 8, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    You usually create the situation you're in. I sense Bell thought he could roll over on Ty but he wasn't going to take it. I also think Bell has some entitlement issues. The Jazz don't owe him anything, especially since he didn't even give the Jazz a chance to resign him when he went to the Suns. Lastly, Bell 2.0 was not an upgrade from his former self.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    May 8, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Remember the Jazz did not re-sign Korver so they could go after Bell. It sure would have been nice to have a strong three point shooter in the SA series.

    Raja was a complete bust the last time he was here and it should not be a shock to any one he is worse this time around. The best thing the Jazz ever did was trade him to Detroit for Money Memmo the last time he was feuding with the head coach.

    Good bye Mr. Bell, please don't come back!

    Seriously, I wonder if we could get Money Memmo back in a trade for Raja?

    I'm just sayn...

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    May 8, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Bell isn't the defensive specialist he once was. He is too slow now, and resorts to playing "defense" by fouling. Adios!

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    May 8, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Raja Bell is done with Utah. That being said, Raja should have played against the Spurs. I know the Jazz believe Burke is the future but it was painful watching him play. Corbin is supposed to put the best players o the floor to give the Jazz a chance to win. Instead he put Burke in to get playoff experience.
    While I'm at it, where was Hayward and Milsap during the playoffs. Al and Devin were already in the Bahamas during games 2-4.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    May 8, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    He could not have done any worse than Hayward or Howard!