Jordan Bell signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent this summer, and he already appears to be hitting if off with his new head coach.
Addressing reporters Tuesday, the 24-year-old big man revealed one comical thing he likes better about new head coach Ryan Saunders over his former coach with the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr. Bell said that he was able to talk to Saunders in Las Vegas about rapper Drake, something that he could never do with Kerr, per Jon Krawcynzki of The Athletic.
Saunders is just 33, making him the youngest head coach in the NBA and even younger than many active players. Compared to Kerr, who played in the 1990s and will turn 54 later this year, there is probably a bit of a generational gap.
That said, Bell had somewhat of a knack for pranking the coaching staff during his time in Golden State, so we will see how patient Saunders is.
Draymond Green has been considered one of the most important players on the Golden State Warriors’ roster during their run of dominance, and he showed us yet another example of why during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.
Jordan Bell had one of the most embarrassing moments of his career when he missed a wide open dunk attempt with the Warriors trailing the Portland Trail Blazers 65-73 midway through the third quarter.
Luckily, Bell has veteran teammates like Green to pick him up when something bad happens. Green was mic’ed up during the game, and what he said to Bell following the missed dunk was awesome.
“It’s OK. You missed a shot,” Green said. “All of us have. Nobody’s perfect.”
While a missed dunk is obviously different from missing a 20-foot jumper, it all shows up the same on the stat sheet. More importantly, the Warriors stayed in the game and came all the way back to beat Portland and take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Green may be known for losing his cool with officials and opponents, but there’s a reason he’s considered a great teammate and leader. Bell would almost certainly agree with that.
Jordan Bell was suspended by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the team, and now we have an understanding of what led to it.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Anthony Slater reported late on Wednesday some details about what led to the suspension. They reported that Bell had charged something to Mike Brown’s hotel room, leaving the assistant coach to pay for it. The Warriors investigated and learned that Bell was behind it and also discovered it wasn’t the first time Bell had done something similar. That’s why they decided to suspend him.
A Twitter user named @MGRADS, whose story was liked and retweeted by Bell, shared what he said was the real story. He says Bell started charging small items to teammates’ rooms as revenge for them doing the same to him.
The insider says Bell charged a $15 candle to Brown’s room on the team’s last road trip, but Brown wasn’t in on the joke and wasn’t happy about it, thinking it had been going on for a while. The insider says the story was supposed to stay in-house but someone leaked it to the press.
The incident does sound minor. Maybe Bell’s previous incident with Steve Kerr played a role in the team deciding to discipline him.
Jordan Bell has played limited minutes off the bench in almost every game for the Golden State Warriors this season, but the second-year forward will not be available when the team takes on the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Warriors have suspended Bell one game for what they called “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Bell is averaging 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing 11.4 minutes per game this season. It’s unclear what he did that resulted in a suspension, but he did get into a heated sideline confrontation with Warriors head coach Steve Kerr earlier this season.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr got into a heated exchange with Jordan Bell on Monday night that was quite surprising given the score of the game, but the coach insists it was nothing serious.
With the Warriors leading 117-98 and looking to burn out the final minutes of garbage time, Kerr and Bell were seen getting heated with one another during a timeout.
Kerr was asked about the incident after the game, and he told reporters it was a “total misinterpretation” that had already been cleared up.
Bell had missed a shot and had a shot blocked prior to the timeout, so Kerr was probably just trying to get the most out of a bench player who has only been averaging 11 minutes per game. He’s never hesitated to call his team out in the past when he thinks they’re not playing up to their championship standards, so this was probably another example of that.
Steve Kerr and Jordan Bell had a moment of tension during Monday night’s blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bell was on the floor for Golden State late in the game as the Warriors were looking to run out the garbage time and seal the win. Right around the five minute mark in the fourth quarter, TNT showed video of Kerr and Bell getting heated at a timeout.
Prior to the timeout, Bell had missed a shot, had a shot blocked, and the Warriors had missed their four previous shots. The Lakers were on a 7-0 run.
Bell seemed to be pointing at himself and asking Kerr, “Is that what you want me to do?”
The second-year forward had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 7 minutes. He’s averaging 11 minutes per game.
Golden State Warriors rookie Jordan Bell had the time of his life during the team’s championship parade on Tuesday, but a veteran teammate thinks he had a bit too much fun.
Andre Iguodala chided Bell for his drunken antics during the parade, saying he had a private word with the rookie.
“I told him to stop doing that stupid stuff, but he’s a rookie,” Iguodala told KNBR 680, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “He enjoyed himself. It was his first time.”
Iguodala couldn’t resist getting a shot in at Oregon, a Pac-12 rival to his Arizona Wildcats.
“And obviously at Oregon, they don’t teach guys certain things. The Oregon guys aren’t used to being professional basketball players,” Iguodala said. “Arizona, we just have a plethora of alumni who played professional basketball. We know how to enjoy success. You gotta give Jordan a pass.”
One wonders how much of the alcohol budget ended up being spent on Bell. Might as well live it up, kid.
Jordan Bell learned a tough but valuable lesson during his rookie season, and it had nothing to do with basketball.
The Golden State Warriors rookie shared a photo on his Instagram account in September that was taken from the balcony of his apartment. The view from the balcony tipped off to his followers where he lived, and he developed a stalker as a result.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Bell ended up moving because of the stalker.
Bell shared a video on his Instagram account another time after moving, but that could have had the unintended effect of revealing his neighborhood. He decided to take that down.
The 23-year-old averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game during the regular season. He hasn’t seen as much playing time in the postseason, but he did score 10 points in 12 minutes in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Cavaliers in the Finals. And we know that plenty of figures in the sports world can relate to his stalker experience.
Bill Walton was in attendance to watch his son’s Los Angeles Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, and apparently the elder Walton has not yet discovered the convenience of Uber.
After the game, which the Warriors won 117-106, Golden State big man Jordan Bell happened to see Walton walking down the street. The broadcaster and NBA legend asked for a ride to his hotel, and Bell was happy to hook him up.
If that’s not Bill Walton being Bill Walton, I don’t know what is. Remember, this is the same guy who tends to say what’s on his mind during broadcasts no matter how controversial it may be. We’re not exactly shocked he was wandering down the street after an NBA game.
Jordan Bell left Tuesday night’s Golden State Warriors-Brooklyn Nets game after rolling his ankle late in the third quarter.
Bell was going up for a block and landed on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s foot unevenly. He went down to the ground and pounded the floor in pain.
What makes the injury even more frustrating is that Bell just returned from a left ankle injury and resumed playing on Feb. 26. Then in his fourth game back, he hurts his other ankle.
Bell had five points, two rebounds and two blocks in 10 minutes before leaving the game.