Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  28 responses

Raja Bell Close to College Degree

Bell is just a credit shy of being a college graduate. And somehow, Isiah Thomas is involved in this story, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports: “Bell is one mathematics credit away from obtaining a degree in sports management from Florida International University. It has been 11 years since he was a Panther. Eleven years since he dropped his focus on school and picked up the dream of making the NBA. But with the help of the university and men’s basketball coach Isiah Thomas, the Jazz guard is expected to soon finish what he started. ‘I understand there are people that it means something to,’ Bell said. Those people are his parents. Bell’s mother was an elementary school teacher. His father was a physical education coach before becoming the associate athletic director at the University of Miami. After a few years of gentle reminders from his dad, Bell has finally heard the music. Balancing NBA life with occasional online courses, the Miami resident has knocked out all but one of his remaining classes during the last two years.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    ummm…. cool smh *shrugs shoulders*

  • JR

    Wow, good for him.

  • underdog

    That’s a good example for the kids.


    I love stories like this. It’s never too late to get/finish your degree.

  • Clipperfan


  • rico

    Waita put it down for the latinos! Represent!

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    Ph.D. in Kobe-stopping?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Good to hear. Math seems to be the last credit for everyone. College Algebra is tough. Good luck, Raja.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Word, I’m going through that now. Trying to juggle school with work and being a parent. Sh*t is real!

  • rico

    @enigmatic – I feel ya dog. But try doing all that while being latino – then you’d know real pain!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Rico – I’m Chicano.

  • Papa Smurf

    took you long enough

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And I don’t think being Latino makes it any harder to get a college degree. We gotta stop making sh*tty excuses for ourselves and just go out and get it!

  • rico

    Spoken like a white man – you don’t know the struggle.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Spoken like someone who can’t man the F up and has to blame the color of their skin on every hardship in life. Arrgate los pinches webos cabron!

  • The Philosopher

    Where’s CB34 at??
    Y, cojelo suave, Enigmatic.
    Ese no sabe.

  • burnt_chicken

    Rico for the divide, Enigmatic for the close.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    I live with a bunch of kids who are mostly college dropouts. I never understood the phrase “college isn’t for me.”
    That’s not true. You can get through life without college, but college is for everyone. Even an NBA player. Raja’s one of my favorite players and this just makes me happy.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I want to finish my degree but college gets exponentially more expensive every year. So id like to announce that im accepting donations for my help tarzan graduate college fund. If a few nba players just gave me a few thousand each, id be set. Its nothing to them, just dont trick off so much to them hoes at the club.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol, if you need math credits holla at me lol

  • AL

    college has become a business.period. it is way to expensive.

  • shan

    who cares if you are chicano or huero or negro we all need some higher learning in our lives, good for Raja! People who say its hard because of this or that reason will probably say the same thing when they get the job they trained for, its too hard…wah wah. Stop making excuses people. BTW, I am a chicana female and I feel just as entitled to my education as these white people. Feel me?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I feel ya, shan! Let’s get it!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good luck with school, Enigmatic. Sh!t is definitely real.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    But the payoff is real too.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Wait… since when is Raja Bell Latino…. dude was born in VI… lol

  • Seven Duece

    He had the last 2 years off, why not do it then? Kudos though.

  • http://www.utjazzblog.com UTJazzBlog

    That the second good example Bell has set for the kids (the first was how to lay a clothesline on a total d-bag). Seriously though, good for Raja.