Friday , Apr , 11 , 2008 Oly Sandor

No Defending Bruce Bowen’s Latest Infraction on Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire

You can’t teach old dogs new tricks. That’s what I thought watching Bruce Bowen forearm Amare Stoudemire during Wednesday’s San Antonio-Phoenix game. If you missed it, the Spurs-Suns game was decided, when San Antonio’s super-pest nailed STAT with a lethal forearm that left him hunched over like a drunken teenager on a Saturday evening bender …

No Defending Bruce Bowen's Latest Infraction on Phoenix's Amare StoudemireThe AM Take: You can’t teach old dogs new tricks. That’s what I thought watching Bruce Bowen forearm Amare Stoudemire during Wednesday’s San Antonio-Phoenix game.

If you missed it, the Spurs-Suns game was decided, when San Antonio’s super-pest nailed Stoudemire with a lethal forearm that left STAT hunched over like a drunken teenager on a Saturday evening bender.

In Bowen’s defence, (yes, I can say that without feeling like Johnny Cochrane or Jackie Chiles) guards are taught to use their forearm to ward off on-the-ball screens in the open-court.

Bowen’s problem is precedence. Because of his past, most fans believe he’s dirtier than Christina Aguilera and find him guilty of wrongdoing on the most harmless of plays.

Of course, the evidence against Bowen is all over youtube. Watching Wednesday’s infraction on the search engine, two other Bowen-on-Stoudemire clips came up under “related videos”. Yes, two. One is a post-dunk kick. The second is a trip on a lay-up. Then there’s last year’s knee to Steve Nash’s groin, along with his other infractions.

Defending Bowwen’s tactics can be tough. That said, every team would welcome him and, after Wednesday, a Spurs-Suns playoff rematch got even more intriguing.

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