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Kobe Bryant recruiting one time nemesis Raja Bell to join Lakers

Jul 13, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Raja Bell clothesline.jpgYou want to earn Kobe Bryant’s respect? Battle him. Get up for the task and challenge him. Go at him. Compete. Kobe will still win a lot of those battles — because he is Kobe — but he respects the effort.

Raja Bell battled Kobe. In 2006 he taunted Kobe, was physical with him and knocked him down hard. Now Kobe wants him on his side, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell have been talking and texting and are about to meet face-to-face. The reason is Kobe wants Bell to take the remaining $1.8 million the Lakers have from mid-level exception. This is not new, Kobe has been going after Bell since before the free agency period opened.

Bell is a good fit in the triangle — he knocks down threes (over 40 percent the last six years) and he can defend hard. He can play minutes for the Lakers at the one or the two, spelling Kobe and Derek Fisher. Kobe and Fish’s knees will thank him.

Bell made over $5 million last year and is likely looking at money options. The Miami Heat are actively recruiting him, but they can’t offer any more money than the Lakers. It’s a matter of where Bell feels most comfortable. What he wants.

But Bell is going to find that Kobe can be very persuasive.

  1. JD - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    I think this is a great idea. Good for Kobe to be more involved in getting players for a 3-4peat. Kobe should also try to recruit Shaq as the backup center, to help him get his 5th ring.

  2. hnirobert - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Raja was on SoFla radio weeks ago saying he wanted to be a part of the Heat since he lives here. Pat, you’ve done a great job, but you’re not done. Lock this guy up since Matt Barnes isn’t coming here for 1 million.

  3. mick the ripper - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Great pickup if the Lakers can land Raja Bell, he is a solid defender who can shoot. Bell would fit like a glove in the Lakers system. Shaq would be a horrible idea for the Lakers to even consider him, he needs to retire.

  4. Spirothegreek - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    JD, I agree. Imagine Shaq and Raja going to the Lakers. Shaq can definitely put the “Ka-Bosh” on Chris “I don’t like playing center” Bosh. An who does Miami have to deal with the physical beasts of Shaq and Bynum? Can you say titles 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7? By then, the contracts of Bosh, Wage and James would have expired.

  5. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I love Phil Jackson and I am having a physical relationship with him if I ever meet him. Kobe will also be my lover. Kobe is the Black Samba and I am his master (no offense to Jesse Jackson meant).
    To all who would disparage the Lakers, be warned that I will school you completely and show you to be the little boys that you are.
    I remain King of the Hobbits! Huzzah!

  6. Jammin - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Yes, Kobe can be very persuasive. Because Raja will get raped if he doesn’t join the team.

  7. Jammin has no brain - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Sorry Jammin, only people with an IQ above 9 are allowed to comment here. Be gone, retard.

  8. Sguy2130 - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Kobe also made Ron Artest die his hair blonde after he raped him, dude has ice veins.

  9. Jammin - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    But if i had an IQ of 9, wouldn’t I be incapable of typing? I would say your IQ is closer 9 than mine, based on your use of the term “retard.” That’s not a very nice word, and you should be raped for using it. : )

  10. Jammin - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    That’s pretty cold blooded…I guess you could say that Ron Artest took the Mid-level Erection to come to the Lakers.

  11. yup - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Raja Bell also lives in Florida, so the heat have a leg up.. hopefully he comes to miami :)

  12. DamnRight - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Bell will not go to the Miami Heat. Kobe is a persuasive man and it’s hard to see anyone shut down an offer to play for the Lakers. Since Miami landed Mike Miller their chances of getting Raja Bell just got smaller. Raja is a tight defender and a good 3-point shooter… he will definitely fit in the triangle. Kobe/Ron worked out fine, Kobe/Raja will work out too. Go for Bell LAKERS!!

  13. Sam - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Raja, welcome to Laker land!!! You know that you are a perfect fit with this team. You will be GUARANTEED a championship ring!!!

  14. johnny - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    ya shaq signed with the hawks so him siging with the lakers is not happening….

  15. jman09 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    well this is a great option for the lakers…I just wish we could have gotten miller…but we definitely are and will be the best team again next year…not to mention our drafted players are playing out there minds…we do need to resign shannon though. The talk of rape is pretty funny, but its a serious matter so you guys probably shouldnt joke lol

  16. jman09 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    well this is a great option for the lakers…I just wish we could have gotten miller…but we definitely are and will be the best team again next year…not to mention our drafted players are playing out there minds…we do need to resign shannon though. The talk of rape is pretty funny, but its a serious matter so you guys probably shouldnt joke lol

  17. Vince - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    The Lakers should sign Bell and Shaq. It would be great for the organization to have Shaq retire a Laker.

  18. cplair - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    You know your Laker chemistry JD and I totally agree with you 100%.
    And YES, Shaq coming off the bench even at this age, in relief of Bynum would be the BOMB! He was the best most consistant player for Cleveland against Boston this past June.
    I truly feel when all is said and done, that Shaq’s jersey should be retired as a Laker. He gave us 3 trophies and could possibly bring more.
    Goodrich, West and Chamberlain, all retired jerseys, gave us one. It was our first in LA, and I believe the most important, but none the less, it’s still just one championship.
    I think it would show total class for Shaq, Jackson, Buss, Kobe, the team and the city if this happens.
    Lastly, I think Fisher’s jersey should be retired too. But I might be dreaming with that one.

  19. tonybino01 - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Kobe is a smart ballplayer. He is collecting all the players that guard or defended him effective on his team. He got Artest, he’s going after Bell, so who’s next? Shane Battier? Nice moves, Kobe. You will be a better GM than MJ when you retire from playing.

  20. Seymour - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Shaq? Are you serious? Is that the best you can come up with? Shaq is a shell of his former self. You guys should know the history between these two? These two guys co-exist like oil and water? Guaranteed train wreck if it it happens.

  21. Doc - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    While there was some friction between the Mamba and Shaq, the real problem is between Shaq and Dr. B. After the way Shaq conducted himself in his campaign for max money and contract, along with his lack of work ethic the last time around, I don’t see Dr. Buss wanting to have anything to do with him.
    The Lakers have younger more athletic 7 footers on their roster, and really don’t need the distractions the Shaqster brings with him. What distractions? Ask Pat Riley in Miami why he’s gone.

  22. NickLA - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    With all that Miami has done, one should be careful not to look past what the lakers are doing. The only weakness that the Lakers have is in the backcourt. Steve Blake and Derek Fisher are equally matched, are the top 2 guards “collectively” in the league, even if individually thay aren’t the best- that is a huge upgrade from last season.
    If the Lakers get Raja Bell to back up Kobe, it’s light out for the heat and all else for a few years, because then u have the second best center in the league in Bynum, the best power forward in the league in Pau Gasol and a solid defender in Ron Artest.

  23. Rupaul - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    C’mon man….you’re talkin about Rupaul! If Vince Carter plays like he wants to win and the magic resign Barnes and maybe pick up one more decent piece I don’t think Miami can even win it’s own in-state rivalry, much less the NBA championship.

  24. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    I agree you that Shaq is a shell of his former self, but that makes him a perfect back up to Bynum (if his pride lets him). This would also be the perfect situation for Shaq and Kobe to bury the hatchet if they haven’t done so already. Shaq definitely should get another ring and get his jersey retired as a Laker. Bell will also definitely add some tenacity to that bench.

  25. DougTucson - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Shaq? You’ve got to be kidding. Phil Jackson is as fast as Shaq, and Phil understands the triangle. Shaq never did.

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