After battle with Kobe, Bell toils in obscurity no more

Updated: July 14, 2006, 8:51 AM ET
By Sam Alipour | Special to ESPN.com

Who knew Raja Bell would be the pivotal player of the 2006 playoffs?

Who knew the player most likely to get death threats would be a guy most fans couldn't pick out of a program?

A year ago, he was the fifth-leading scorer on a Utah Jazz team that won just 26 games.

Now he's the guy responsible for The Shot, The Clothesline and The Calf that continue to shape the most exciting NBA playoffs in memory.

For the Phoenix Suns, he's the tough guy who shadowed and harassed ...

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