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Ex-Kobe Bryant Foe Strikes (Lakers) Gold

7/14/2010 6:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant must be working some serious mojo on free agent Raja Bell -- because the shooting guard popped up in Lakerland today sporting the purple and gold!

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Raja hasn't signed with the champs yet, but he comfortably posed for pics while wearing a Lakers necklace at a pre-ESPY event held today by Gifting Services -- and Kobe is reportedly courting him for next season.

Raja famously clotheslined Kobe during the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Looks like Kobe and the Lakers might have Raja by the neck now.

UPDATE 7:35PM PDT: ESPN is reporting that Raja's joining the Utah Jazz. Maybe the photo was a well-timed negotiating ploy?




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STORYBURNcom    

Raja would be a fabulous addition to the Lakers. Not that they need any help....

1377 days ago
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Joey    

Bell just signed with Utah. 3 years/$10 million...

1377 days ago
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Klipper    

Not that I care, but they'll still be no match for the Heat. It's basically an All-Star starting line-up versus one great player (Kobe) and some good role players. It's not even going to be close for the next several years. I hate what the NBA has become.

1377 days ago
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ErinAndrewsIsAFameWhore    

Nobody outside LA gives a **** about Derek Fisher or Raja Bell TMZ.

1377 days ago
5.

dd    

@4 Really? Who are the CHAMPIONS..that's all that matters!

1377 days ago
6.

Dave    

Then again, TMZ doesn't give a **** about anyone outside of LA

1377 days ago
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anonymous    

Thank goodness he is not joining the Great Lakers. That douche does not belong in LA.

1377 days ago
8.

Joey    

Holy crap..I sat next to Raja in my sign-language class at Killian High School. We used to play ball at the park next to school all the time....I knew I recognized that name...

1377 days ago
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Jason Chambers    

WHO GIVES A ****?

1377 days ago
10.

Zack    

Sweet Phiten necklace. I love those things.

phitenusa.com

1377 days ago
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Crystal    

What the? This dude is so fake, he took those pics today and also got signed by Utah today. He toook a 3-year 10 mil contract. Poser! lol, looks like he changed is mind last minute, Lakers probably offered him less since they're already past their cap.

1377 days ago
12.

mrspatrickcampbell    

Kobe gives us "the vapors"!

Please post a nude photo of Kobe!

1377 days ago
13.

electriczipper    

what kind of name is rangah bell

1377 days ago
14.

Matt    

I think that would bead to see raja bell on the lakers! that polarity would be awesome coming from the same team!

1376 days ago

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