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Raja clotheslines Kobe.. Then starts talkin.

The playoffs have been pretty fun so far. It looks like some new rivalries are being born and its pretty cool to see some of these up and coming young teams advance into the second round.. Or at least making a decent series out of the first round. The other thing that has sparked my interest is all the suspensions and dirty plays. Well there have only been a couple of really dirty plays tossed in with some fairly bizarre moments.. Last night the craziness continued when the jealous Raja Bell decided he had enough of Kobe Bryant and decided to clothesline him as he drove down the lane. Of course I have added the video for those of you who missed it:

So here is what Bell had to say today, after learning that he was being suspended for game 6:

"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."

You can read the full article here.

Now come on Raja, what the hell are you talking about? If you cant step up and take it like a man then go sit your ass on the bench. This is the freakin NBA playoffs, your gonna get hit in the face! (I watched the whole game last night and I can honestly say that I didn't see anything unusual or intentional on Kobe's part) Anyway, it should be interesting to see how Kobe responds in game six. If I were the Suns I would be a little worried.

As for being arrogant... Yeah, Kobe is arrogant but if R. Bell had accomplished 1/10th of what Kobe has (see below) he might have a little swagger to his step as well..

Kobe Bryant Career highlights
  • 3-time NBA Champion: 2000, 2001, 2002
  • 8-time NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • (has started in each of his appearances)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002
  • NBA Scoring Champion: 2006 (35.4)
  • 7-time All-NBA:
  • First Team: 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Second Team: 2000, 2001
  • Third Team: 1999, 2005
  • 5-time All-Defensive:
  • First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004
  • Second Team: 2001, 2002
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, points: 2003 (2,461), 2006 (2,832)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, field goals made: 2003 (868), 2006 (978)
  • NBA regular-season leader, field goals attempted: 2006 (2,173)
  • NBA regular-season leader, free throws made: 2006 (696)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 1997
  • NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Champion: 1997
  • 2nd highest single-game point total in NBA history: 81, set on January 22, 2006 vs. the Toronto Raptors. (The record is 100 points set by Wilt Chamberlain on March 2, 1962.)
  • 7th highest single-season point total in NBA history: 2,832, 2005-06 (Top 6 held by Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan)
  • 8th highest single-season scoring average in NBA history: 35.4, 2005-06 (Top 7 held by Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Rick Barry)