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    NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    After finding out that he is suspended for one game (Suns/Lakers series...game 6), for slamming Kobe Bryant to the floor in the 4th quarter, here's what Bell had to say:

    PHOENIX — The NBA suspended Phoenix guard Raja Bell for one game on Wednesday for throwing Kobe Bryant to the floor in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    That means the Suns will be without Bell, the principal defender against Bryant, for Game 6 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
    Phoenix beat the Lakers 114-97 in Game 5 but Los Angeles still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can eliminate the Suns with a victory. In a brief news release, the NBA said Bell was suspended for “excessive and unnecessary contact.”
    The suspension had yet to be announced when the Suns practiced earlier Wednesday before leaving for Los Angeles. After the workout, Bell repeated that throwing Bryant down was wrong but explained what led to the foul and made clear his dislike for the Lacers’ star.
    “I have no respect for him,” Bell said. “I think he’s a pompous, arrogant individual.”Bell said he had been repeatedly hit in the face by Bryant during the game.
    “I got a bruised cheek here and I can barely open my jaw on this side,” he said, indicating the left side of his face, “and that didn’t come from nowhere, and I felt like I’d had enough of that.”Bell said it went from a game to a personal insult.
    “When I get hit in the face multiple times, you’ve stepped across the line with me,” he said. “It’s not basketball anymore. It was basketball for four games, then when he hit me in the face, that was the last straw last night. It still doesn’t excuse me, but that’s just the way I felt about it.”
    At the other end of the court just before Bell threw Bryant down, the Suns guard said he complained to referee Greg Willard about getting hit in the face, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson hollered out that Bell “deserved it,” adding a profanity to emphasize the point.
    That’s why Bell pointed to the Lakers’ bench yelling “That’s your foul!” after he threw Bryant down.
    Bell and Bryant received a double-technical in the second quarter. A few minutes after Bell was tossed, Bryant was thrown out of the game for his second technical for complaining about James Jones’ hard foul on Kwame Brown.
    The latest incident is part of a season-long series of expressions of mutual contempt between Bell and Bryant.
    After Tuesday night’s game, Bryant said he hoped Bell wouldn’t be suspended but added that players can’t afford to lose their temper in games.
    “I’m not trying to go out there and elbow somebody, that’s not the way I play,” Bryant said. “If you get elbowed, you still have to keep your cool. I get elbowed all the time.”
    Bell called Bryant’s comments “hypocritical.”
    Bell’s teammate Steve Nash said the Lakers have gotten the best of the officiating in the series.
    “We’re playing a very heated battle and people on the outside are constantly telling guys that we’ve got to be more physical,” Nash said. “It’s tough, and he’s faced a lot this series. He’s done a great job on Kobe, and Kobe gets away with whatever he wants. That’s kind of frustrating.”
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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

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    After finding out that he is suspended for one game (Suns/Lakers series...game 6), for slamming Kobe Bryant to the floor in the 4th quarter, here's what Bell had to say:

    PHOENIX — The NBA suspended Phoenix guard Raja Bell for one game on Wednesday for throwing Kobe Bryant to the floor in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    That means the Suns will be without Bell, the principal defender against Bryant, for Game 6 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
    Phoenix beat the Lakers 114-97 in Game 5 but Los Angeles still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can eliminate the Suns with a victory. In a brief news release, the NBA said Bell was suspended for “excessive and unnecessary contact.”
    The suspension had yet to be announced when the Suns practiced earlier Wednesday before leaving for Los Angeles. After the workout, Bell repeated that throwing Bryant down was wrong but explained what led to the foul and made clear his dislike for the Lacers’ star.
    “I have no respect for him,” Bell said. “I think he’s a pompous, arrogant individual.”Bell said he had been repeatedly hit in the face by Bryant during the game.
    “I got a bruised cheek here and I can barely open my jaw on this side,” he said, indicating the left side of his face, “and that didn’t come from nowhere, and I felt like I’d had enough of that.”Bell said it went from a game to a personal insult.
    “When I get hit in the face multiple times, you’ve stepped across the line with me,” he said. “It’s not basketball anymore. It was basketball for four games, then when he hit me in the face, that was the last straw last night. It still doesn’t excuse me, but that’s just the way I felt about it.”
    At the other end of the court just before Bell threw Bryant down, the Suns guard said he complained to referee Greg Willard about getting hit in the face, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson hollered out that Bell “deserved it,” adding a profanity to emphasize the point.
    That’s why Bell pointed to the Lakers’ bench yelling “That’s your foul!” after he threw Bryant down.
    Bell and Bryant received a double-technical in the second quarter. A few minutes after Bell was tossed, Bryant was thrown out of the game for his second technical for complaining about James Jones’ hard foul on Kwame Brown.
    The latest incident is part of a season-long series of expressions of mutual contempt between Bell and Bryant.
    After Tuesday night’s game, Bryant said he hoped Bell wouldn’t be suspended but added that players can’t afford to lose their temper in games.
    “I’m not trying to go out there and elbow somebody, that’s not the way I play,” Bryant said. “If you get elbowed, you still have to keep your cool. I get elbowed all the time.”
    Bell called Bryant’s comments “hypocritical.”
    Bell’s teammate Steve Nash said the Lakers have gotten the best of the officiating in the series.
    “We’re playing a very heated battle and people on the outside are constantly telling guys that we’ve got to be more physical,” Nash said. “It’s tough, and he’s faced a lot this series. He’s done a great job on Kobe, and Kobe gets away with whatever he wants. That’s kind of frustrating.”
    WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH .... just another crybaby ... no different than how people will say LeBron gets away with everything in a couple of years ... blah blah blah ... shut up and play and quit bitching about your cheek hurting you fairy.

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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    He was just mad that Kobe was beating him whenever he wanted to that night. That clothesline that he did on Kobe was completely unecassary and he should be suspended the next game for it. You could easily tell he was trying to hurt him. It is a freaken sport, you are going to get bumps and bruises and if Bell can't handle that maybe he should quit basketball and find something else to do.

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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    Oh well, say what you want about Bell, I agree w/ him. My favorite quote of his is this one: “I have no respect for him,” Bell said. “I think he’s a pompous, arrogant individual.”
    Hmmmmmmmmm! Now, how many other players have the same feelings regarding Bryant? A nice amount (right off the bat are: Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Shaq), although they down play it a lot. Just being mature about the entire thing.
    Off topic: congrats to Shaq and Kobe and everyone else who just had a baby!
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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    Ada boy Raja I never did like Kobe either

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    Hopefully now, Kobe knows to come at Bell correctly, or be dealt with in dramatic fashion.
    Ha! "Pompous" Bell called him! Tell me about!!!! He sure does seem like it.
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    This really sucks for the Suns.

    BTW I'm tired of the Kobe don't touch him choosen child crap!
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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    the suns sound like a bunch of crybabies. it seems like the refs always get the blame when a teams having a bad series, shut up and play!

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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    I dont really like Kobe buttt...........

    I dont think that Raja Bell should be talking crap to Kobe Bryant. I bet he comes out and scores like 70 points for LA. And isnt the Suns down 3-2 against the Lakers.

    By the way, since we are talking about basketball, any Bulls fans that were disguisted yesterday?

    Ben Gordon is so freckin inconsistent. 3-16 from the field WOW



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    Re: NBA: Bell disses Bryant

    Williamson,
    Don't worry. The Bulls WILL win that series. I so hate the Heat (why did Wade have to return in the second half?). Since it appears, with approx. 8 min. left in the 3rd of the Bucks/Pistons game, that my Bucks will be going "fishin'", I'm cheering on the Bulls to go all the way!!!!
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