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The Jazz's Raja Bell spoke with the media following a Friday morning shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena.Bell on guarding Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant after nearly signing with the Lakers last summer: "Yeah [it is overblown.] I don't think it's going to be anything. There were a thousand free agents that moved last summer and I was just one of them. They're a really, really good team. I don't know that I would have made any difference for them. So, I don't think he's really thought twice about that, and I surely haven't. But any time that you play against the Lakers, no matter what team I'm on, it's always a game that you like to win, because they're always kind of the cream of the crop. You use a team like that as a measuring stick. For us, it's no different tonight than any other team I was on." Brian T. SmithTwitter: tribjazz