Saturday , Mar , 15 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Is San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen Dirty?

Bruce Bowen polarizes. San Antonio fans love him; everybody else hates him. At issue are his tactics on defense against superstars Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and now Chris Paul. Yesterday, the suits at head office finally stepped-in. After several warnings, Bowen was suspended for one game for another kicking foul against Paul on Wednesday night’s Spurs-Hornets game …

Is San Antonio's Bruce Bowen Dirty?

Bruce Bowen polarizes. San Antonio fans love him; everybody else hates him. At issue are his tactics on defense against superstars Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and now Chris Paul.

Yesterday, the suits at head office finally stepped-in. After several warnings, Bowen was suspended for one game for another kicking foul against Paul on Wednesday night’s Spurs-Hornets game.

Of course, the suspension will do little to quell the Bowen debate. His backers will still maintain he’s a tough player. No more, no less. His detractors, of which there are many, will still maintain he’s dirtier than a groupie chilling backstage at a rap concert (you pick the MC(s)).

A quick youtube search shows there’s no middle ground with Bowen. For example, some videos celebrate his achievement as the world’s best perimeter defender …

 

Other videos, however, call him out, highlighting his numerous run-ins with opposing superstars …

It’s easy (and fair) to question Bowen’s methods. But the defensive star has championship jewelry and helped pioneer the stopper role into accepted league norm.

Is Bruce Bowen a legitimate competitor or dirty defender? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts. Click here to read Oly Sandor’s NBA Blog.