Raja Bell’s battles with Kobe Bryant are legendary.
One of basketball’s most aggressive wing defenders and a notorious hothead, the former Phoenix Suns guard went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Lakers icon on 44 separate occasions from December 2001 to February 2012. The statistics, as you surely already know, indicate that Bryant won those matchups; he’s one of the most gifted offensive players the game has ever seen, after all, while Bell fought and clawed his way to a 12-year career defined by ultra-physical defense and timely three-point shooting.
Who could forget these classic off-court jabs, too?
But what really matters, wins and losses, paint a much more accurate portrayal of just how hotly contested their meetings were for more than a decade. Bell and Bryant ended their careers winning exactly half of the games they played against one another – 14 each during the regular season and eight each in the playoffs.