Jordan Bell talks about stalker who forced him to move during his rookie year in Golden State

Jordan Bell’s rookie season with the Golden State Warriors had its ups and downs.

The second-round pick suffered an ankle injury and lost his rotation spot, only to carve out a role in the playoffs and NBA Finals en route to winning a championship.

That was one of the ups.

As for the downs. Well, his off-court situation trumped any sort of on-court growing pains he suffered as a rookie.

Stranger stalked Jordan Bell and his girlfriend

Bell had a stalker. He and his girlfriend were forced to move because of that stalker.

The San Jose Mercury News reported briefly on the stalker in June, but Bell opened up about the experience publicly for the first time with reporters on Tuesday.

At first, Bell was alarmed, but chalked his stalker up to just being an overzealous fan.

“I kept seeing him everyday,” Bell said, per NBC Bay Area. “He was standing outside, wearing glasses, had a backpack. I’m thinking he’s just a fan who wants an autograph. But he was there every single day … for a week, every day. I did it because I had just got here and I wasn’t signing autographs like crazy.”

Stalker forced Bell to move

When the man approached his girlfriend, it was time to move.

“And then, my girlfriend was walking our dogs outside and he came behind her and was like, ‘Yo, is Jordan here?’ And she was freaked out, and it’s dark, she’s by herself. … He was bigger than her, so she was frightened. She said he looked like a creep.

“So I had to move.”

Bell said that he had to fight to get out of his lease and is still dealing with that situation, but has avoided being stalked since the move.

This is Jordan Bell we’re talking about, a first-year player who averaged 4.6 points in 14.2 minutes per game. He’s a long walk from Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant in terms of star power.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors smiles on the court during a 2017 Summer League game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golden State won 77-69. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 2: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a foul against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on November 2, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 17: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the hoop against James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during their NBA game at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 08: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors looks on before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 8, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 1: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors dunks the ball against the Orlando Magic on December 1, 2017 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 11: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors looks to pass the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 11, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Kevin Durant #35 and Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors slap hands after Durant blocked the shot of LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the fouth quarter of an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 29: Fans of Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors hold up a sign during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on December 29, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 14: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket on Brook Lopez #11 and Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on March 14, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 10: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball in the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 10, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz beat the Warriors 119-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 28: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors before Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - June 3: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to media after game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 3, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempts a layup over Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carlos Osorio - Pool/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 03: Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) Jordan Bell (2) and Shaun Livingston (34) react during the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 23: Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell arrives at Water For Life Charity Softball Game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 23, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND,OH - Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors talk during post-game portraits after Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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But he is in the spotlight, and it only takes one “creep” to decide to make life uncomfortable or even dangerous.

“That was an ‘I don’t want to be in the NBA anymore’ moment,” Bell said. “That was crazy … you hear about stuff like that. I just think of that stuff on movies or shows — I don’t think it actually happens. Especially me. I’m not KD or Steph.”

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