Raja Bell has an old knee

Results from the magnetic resonance imaging test taken on Raja Bell’s left knee Monday showed that, well, he has the knee of a guy who’s been in the NBA for 12 seasons.

The 35-year-old Bell said his left knee felt good after playing 28 minutes in Monday’s win, which came hours after he had a meeting with coach Tyrone Corbin and general manager Kevin O’Connor to discuss their “internal matter” and clear the air.

Bell crumpled into a heap of pain in Monday’s game, but he received some magic-spray treatment on the sideline and eventually returned to help the Jazz beat the Pistons.

Bell practiced today and is expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday night at Phoenix.

Here’s how the Jazz put it in a press release:

Bell underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on his left knee on Monday, March 12.  The MRI tests were reviewed by team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason and showed mild changes to the structure of his left knee consistent with someone of his NBA experience level.  Bell is expected to be available for the Jazz when the team plays in Phoenix on Wednesday, March 13.

Now in his 12th NBA season and fourth overall with the Jazz, Bell (6-5, 210, Florida International) has appeared in 31 games (all starts) for the Jazz this season and is averaging 6.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting a career-high .475 from the field, in 23.9 minutes per game.  Bell owns career averages of 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 703 career games (477 starts) with six different teams.

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Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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