Utah Jazz: There's been a Raja Bell sighting in New York City

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  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    July 10, 2013 6:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 10, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    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 percentages.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    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 players.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    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!

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    July 9, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    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

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 9, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    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 players.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 9, 2013 12:16 p.m.


    Hey, don't bring shame on little Junior Jazz players. I've been involved a little with them and most of them are pretty good kids.

  • kevo Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 9, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    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 you?


  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 9, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 9, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    I'm sure he'll receive a warm welcome from Jazz fans when the Knicks come to town.