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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 11:10 am  |  12 responses

Raja Bell Retired from the NBA

After 12 years in the League, Raja Bell’s career came to an unceremonious end last season. Bell couldn’t make the New York Knicks’ roster this past summer, and has since called it quits. Per Talkin Hoopz:

“Earlier this year I shut it down,” Bell said. “I’m 37, I have three boys, I do miss it, but physically it wasn’t realistic for me to keep training and keep putting my body through what I’ve been putting it through for the last 20 years.”

The veteran guard says while there’s always of piece of him that wants to play, he’s not physically prepared to answer the door if an NBA team comes knocking later in the season.

“To be ready to help somebody in the playoffs, you have to be trained and have to be in shape,” Bell said. “Not training, not having been in the gym for the last month, I wouldn’t entertain anything like that. I’d be flattered, but I’d have to say no because I don’t think I’d be able to live up to my end of the bargain at this point.”

Bell leaves behind career averages of 9.9 points, 1.7 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game over his 12-year career. Known for his pesky defense, the former Suns standout found himself on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team in 2007, and All-Defensive Second Team in 2008.

As he transitions away from the hardwood, Bell continues to stay close to the game, running basketball camps in the Miami area. Bell also works as a broadcaster for ESPN 360 and ESPN U.

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  • Caboose

    The past tense in the title of this article makes it unintentionally funny.

  • spit hot fiyah

    like it happened while no one noticed, probably not even himself

  • Caboose

    “Whoah sh!t, I retired. Hey media, turns out I retired!”

  • LP @ThisisEther

    But Who will stop kobe now?

  • pposse

    Raja Bell, I would like to take this time to publicly thank you and your mom for punking kobe in the playoffs. You guys were down 3-1 but showed resolve, and then a reverse stone cold stunner for the ages occurred. It was beautiful. And then your mom told kobe he needed a hug after game 7. Good luck Raja with your future you will forever go down in NBA lore and glory.

  • therichardkirby

    “Raja Who?”- Kobe Bean Bryant

  • Ronnie

    Great defender strong personality and was ready for any challenge. A warrior in my opinion and great influence off the floor. Thank you Raja.

  • Chubachuchi

    Another player you can’t BS with retires. Thanks for the entertainment

  • fruizm

    One of the best names ever!

  • house

    Kobe’s Ankles: “Thank God”

  • Will Lee

    is it the new throwback article?

  • Wings23

    The NBA just got a little softer

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