The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Bruce Bowen Retires

Finally.

The league is entirely better off without this guy. He spent the vast majority of his career as a disgusting cheat, and his most renowned tactic was to stick his foot under jumpshooters so that they’d come down on it and roll their ankles. What a sportsman. He avoided league discipline for most of his career by playing for contenders, but there’s no reason his reputation shouldn’t suffer the opprobrium his actions have invited. What’s really sad to me is the pack of idiots who support this guy either because “he’s the only guy who plays defense today” (ignoring that the average level of defense today is far above the historical level) or because “you have to be dirty to play good defense”, which is just ignorant. I’m not the guy’s biggest fan, but take Kobe Bryant as an example: one of the league’s best defenders at his position since forever, and never considered a dirty player. You could say the same of Tayshaun Prince, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, etc. Bowen was a cheat because that’s the sort of player he wanted to be, not because he had to be.

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September 3, 2009 - Posted by | Other NBA

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