Sunday , Mar , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Bruce Bowen Doesn’t Like Reputation as Dirty Player

"When people think of me, all they think about is, ‘He’s dirty,’" Bowen said before the Spurs’ 103-96 loss to Philadelphia. "You don’t ever want to be looked at as a player like that."

The incident occurred in the third quarter of the Spurs’ loss at New Orleans on Wednesday, when Bowen and Paul wrestled for a loose ball. Paul was called for a foul on the play, but upon viewing tape of the episode, Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations, ruled that Bowen had kicked Paul after the whistle.

The league informed Bowen of the suspension after shootaround Friday in Detroit. He watched that night’s 84-80 loss to the Pistons on television at the hotel.

The suspension ended Bowen’s league-best streaks of consecutive games played and started at 500.

At the time, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he didn’t think Bowen’s crime warranted the punishment meted out. [MySanAntonio]