"I was just so happy."Bell isn't the only Malone child to fall victim to this rather heinous pick-and-roll.
"I treat it as if my mother went to the sperm bank. It made me a better person."But it's pretty hard to reduce your father to a DNA dispenser when everyone else in the world knows him as the NBA's second-leading scorer of all time, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and arguably the greatest power forward ever. And if you're wondering why you've never heard of Bell or seen these two engaged in any father-son moments, it's because Malone apparently wants nothing to do with him. Attempts were made to contact Malone through the NBA office, but he never responded.
It's hard to tell which is more astonishing -- that Malone actually feels this way, or that Bell was able to overcome the heartbreaking reality of being rejected by a parent.
What matters most is that Bell triumphed in spite of how his father behaved. -- Malone's hometown -- and earned a basketball scholarship to Northwestern State, nearly 2½ hours away from Summerfield. When I called the school to find out more about Bell, the sports information director talked nonstop about how polite, well-liked and determined Bell is. He thought he was going to be a big-time basketball star like you know who, and didn't start playing football until three years ago.
The football staff looked at Bell's size and relative speed, and hatched the idea that Bell would make an outstanding defensive end.
He played that position in 2005, appearing in just one game.