This series was over. It appeared that was what the league office wanted. What the refs wanted. What Kobe Bryant had willed.
No Raja Bell for Phoenix. No hope for the Suns.
Clear the Staples stage for L.A. vs. L.A., Lakers vs. Clippers, Jack Nicholson vs. Billy Crystal. Go ahead, Kobe, dismiss the Suns in Thursday night's close-out Game 6 the way you dissed "that kid" Raja in a Wednesday interview.
Kobe sniffed and said, "I don't even know that kid."