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ko8e24
09-03-2009, 11:45 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4442293

Bowen Retiring From NBA


After helping the San Antonio Spurs win three championships and establishing himself as one of the premier perimeter defenders of the decade, Bruce Bowen is retiring at 38.

Bowen told ESPN.com that he will formally announce his retirement at a Thursday afternoon news conference and said he would elaborate more on his decision then.

Bowen made the NBA all-defensive first time five times, from 2003-04 through 2007-08, and was a three-time second-team selection from 2000-01 through 2002-03.

It is believed that Bowen, who became an unrestricted free agent Aug. 1 when the Milwaukee Bucks bought out the final year of his contract, has decided to step away from the game because of his growing desire to pursue off-court business and community interests as well as a career in broadcasting.

Bowen ends his career with 5,290 points, 1,089 assists and 712 steals in 873 games. He was a career 39.3 percent 3-point shooter and led the league in 3-point field goal percentage in 2002-03.

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

td0tsfinest
09-03-2009, 11:54 AM
a guy you have to give respect to

worked his butt off to get into the league. Came into the nba as an undrafted 27 year old rookie and never really shined until he was 31. its a great story of how perseverance and hard work can lead to something good.

jrice9
09-03-2009, 11:55 AM
Great underdog story and one of the greatest defenders of the last decade

Ace33Bone
09-03-2009, 11:59 AM
If I were a contender such as LAL, DAL, SA, DEN, CLE, ORL or Boston I would definitely try to persuade him out of retirement and I think thats what will ultimately happen in this case... At his age it would've been a waste of time playing for the Bucks

ko8e24
09-03-2009, 11:59 AM
Great underdog story and one of the greatest defenders of the last decade

GP was the best defender of the 1990s, and I guess Bruce Bowen was the best defender of the 2000s.

ko8e24
09-03-2009, 12:01 PM
If I were a contender such as LAL, DAL, SA, DEN, CLE, ORL or Boston I would definitely try to persuade him out of retirement and I think thats what will ultimately happen in this case... At his age it would've been a waste of time playing for the Bucks

:laugh:

dude, he's retiring, live with it. you sound so ridiculous with that post. r u serious? it says he wants to try new things outside of basketball, and he's already like 38, so he'll be ineffective in 2 yrs (and in those 2 yrs, he'll be doing something else, just not playing basketball). heck, he said he might do some broacasting.

drama1386
09-03-2009, 12:02 PM
good luck, bruce. it would've been nice to see you play in a bucks uniform, but oh well. and i agree with jrice9. he was one of the greatest defenders in the last decade.

Ace33Bone
09-03-2009, 12:07 PM
:laugh:

dude, he's retiring, live with it. you sound so ridiculous with that post. r u serious? it says he wants to try new things outside of basketball, and he's already like 38, so he'll be ineffective in 2 yrs (and in those 2 yrs, he'll be doing something else, just not playing basketball). heck, he said he might do some broacasting.

Yeah i am very serious... he can get on a team like that and play backup minutes... It's ridiculous of u to think that a team will not try to lure him out of retirement... If the right team offers him something I guarantee that he will come back... We've heard this story a million times... "Well i am going to leave the game now to pursue other things... A few months later they are right back in the league... Besides I dont feel that Bowen has a career Broacasting or Broadcasting if that's what you meant :facepalm:

asandhu23
09-03-2009, 12:09 PM
bleh. one of the dirtiest players in NBA history

MackSnackWrap
09-03-2009, 12:17 PM
Good luck Bruce

heyman321
09-03-2009, 12:19 PM
bleh. one of the dirtiest players in NBA history

+1. I hate him, don't have any respect for him.

Raph12
09-03-2009, 12:31 PM
He was a great defender and a great role player, I have much respect for him. Alot of people call him "dirty" but when Lebron drops his shoulder and bulldozes his way to the rim, trampling over his defender, you decide to look the other way, hmm...:rolleyes: He is no LBJ, but one of the best defenders/role players the NBA has ever seen.

DitchDat
09-03-2009, 12:39 PM
Even though his best years are behind him, I still think a lot of contending teams would value his services. Maybe he's a step slower, but he could be used sparingly on the opposing team's best player. Maybe somewhat of a controversial player, but my respect goes to him.

Rocktober2009
09-03-2009, 12:41 PM
+1. I hate him, don't have any respect for him.

agreed

Mr.SmackYoMama
09-03-2009, 12:47 PM
All the skinny girls let Bruce Bruce hit it!!!

TO Rapz
09-03-2009, 12:52 PM
Yeah i am very serious... he can get on a team like that and play backup minutes... It's ridiculous of u to think that a team will not try to lure him out of retirement... If the right team offers him something I guarantee that he will come back... We've heard this story a million times... "Well i am going to leave the game now to pursue other things... A few months later they are right back in the league... Besides I dont feel that Bowen has a career Broacasting or Broadcasting if that's what you meant :facepalm:

sorry but i agree with ace33bone bowen can really help a contending team.

cubulls
09-03-2009, 12:52 PM
Dirty piece of **** player. **** him.

asandhu23
09-03-2009, 01:55 PM
all the skinny girls let bruce bruce hit it!!!

lol :d

Mave1002
09-03-2009, 01:58 PM
Stay retired. Youll always be remembered as a dirty player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edb6bz_C9ms

IBleedPurple
09-03-2009, 02:03 PM
Better him retire than go to the Celtics or another powerhouse....

He was a great defender, and a key to the Spurs successful championships. That being said, he was fairly dirty.

BkOriginalOne
09-03-2009, 03:02 PM
A lot of nba scorers just got happy.
No more karate kicks form Bowen.
It's okay, Dhantay Jones will replace what he left behind.

Raps08-09 Champ
09-03-2009, 03:08 PM
I think he pulls a PJ Brown and comes back mid season on a contender.

Joshtd1
09-03-2009, 03:49 PM
I figured he would. He basically said in an radio interview down here, that if he didnt sign with the Spurs, he would retire.

Thanks for everything Bruce, we wouldnt have won a couple of rings without your defense.

Oh and he does still have some left in the tank. He proved it in the playoffs, Pop was just went for offense last year.

JMKnick33
09-03-2009, 04:00 PM
If this were Facebook, I'd click on the 'Like' button!

lorenz00
09-03-2009, 04:06 PM
one of the best role players.. he guarded the best player of the other team.

but consider a little bit a dirty player which i like :P

blastmasta26
09-03-2009, 04:46 PM
A lot of nba scorers just got happy.
No more karate kicks form Bowen.
It's okay, Dhantay Jones will replace what he left behind.
:laugh:

Wilson
09-03-2009, 04:56 PM
Bruce was one of the guys who made the Lakers/Spurs rivalry so fun, it's sad to see him go. He was a fantastic role player and knew how to win, every team needs a few guys like that.

Wilson
09-03-2009, 05:02 PM
All this talk of him being dirty is pointless. Don't forget, Steve Nash has been known to kick someone in the balls more than once, Shaq has swung at Brad Miller from behind, and Kobe Bryant has thrown his elbows at people. There are plenty more examples of popular players playing dirty too.

Just try to appreciate Bowen for what he was: a great defender, good team-player and an amazing role player.

sugarrayray
09-03-2009, 05:04 PM
good riddance. now we dont have to worry about him injuring people anymore.

AirJordanXVIII
09-03-2009, 05:05 PM
Very dirty player, but he was an underdog for his career and I respect that.

what54!?
09-03-2009, 05:10 PM
dirty player, but he did his job and had a long good career. best of luck to him

Joshtd1
09-03-2009, 06:35 PM
A lot of you guys should watch the Bad Boy Piston team, if you really think Bowen is so dirty and rough.

zambo4president
09-03-2009, 07:59 PM
Dirty Goon IMO.

jakesmail123
09-03-2009, 08:04 PM
solid player but dirty as ****

zsiddiqui23
09-03-2009, 09:25 PM
Good riddance.

ko8e24
09-03-2009, 09:53 PM
Yeah i am very serious... he can get on a team like that and play backup minutes... It's ridiculous of u to think that a team will not try to lure him out of retirement... If the right team offers him something I guarantee that he will come back... We've heard this story a million times... "Well i am going to leave the game now to pursue other things... A few months later they are right back in the league... Besides I dont feel that Bowen has a career Broacasting or Broadcasting if that's what you meant :facepalm:


stop overusing the facepalm thing, after a while, it really loses its effectiveness if it's used for every single little thing.


now, bowen is no jason williams. he's freaking 38 yrs old. and the only guys that usually stick around at that age or beyond have been big men like PF and C, guys like Shaq, Ben Wallace, Joe Smith, Kevin Willis (yes he retired, but he did so when he was like 42 or somethin, dude played like 4ever).

dodie53
09-03-2009, 11:27 PM
good riddance

Mave1002
09-04-2009, 08:56 PM
All this talk of him being dirty is pointless. Don't forget, Steve Nash has been known to kick someone in the balls more than once, Shaq has swung at Brad Miller from behind, and Kobe Bryant has thrown his elbows at people. There are plenty more examples of popular players playing dirty too.

Just try to appreciate Bowen for what he was: a great defender, good team-player and an amazing role player.

This thread is about Bruce Bowen though, aint it?

You can be a good defender, a good team player and role player without having the intention to hurt people. Unbelievable how you can "appreciate" guys like these. total shams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edb6bz_C9ms

roshan3ai
09-04-2009, 09:04 PM
not very fond of him- dirty player

Kakaroach
09-04-2009, 09:33 PM
I love Bowen. Great classy guy and the best perimeter defender of this decade. He did have some dirty plays, but people judge him on like 3 or 4 plays, which is just stupid. You can judge lots of NBA players on some dirty players as well, Bowen just gets the brunt of it.

Wilson
09-04-2009, 09:55 PM
This thread is about Bruce Bowen though, aint it?

You can be a good defender, a good team player and role player without having the intention to hurt people. Unbelievable how you can "appreciate" guys like these. total shams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edb6bz_C9ms

Yes it is about Bruce, but what I was trying to say is why should Bruce get treated any differently from stars who have pulled the same stuff he has?

IversonIsKrazy
09-04-2009, 10:00 PM
He was a great perimeter defender, great story, best wishes to him!

Joshtd1
09-04-2009, 10:11 PM
I love Bowen. Great classy guy and the best perimeter defender of this decade. He did have some dirty plays, but people judge him on like 3 or 4 plays, which is just stupid. You can judge lots of NBA players on some dirty players as well, Bowen just gets the brunt of it.

:clap:

Hustla23
09-04-2009, 10:16 PM
Good riddance.

Players nowadays won't have to worry about some bald dirty ******* slipping his feet underneath their ankles after they go up for a jumpshot so they can fall on it and destroy their ankles.

Hopefully other players haven't caught on or adopted any of his dirty ways and players can play in peace.

JayW_1023
09-07-2009, 11:13 AM
I'll miss his corner threes.

blazerman
09-07-2009, 04:08 PM
Good because teams just use old guys as contract fillers anyways to cut deals, something that needs to be addressed at the next collective bargaining agreement other guys that come to mind also are Stachouse and Keith Van Horn.

GeorgeMcCloud21
09-12-2009, 12:38 AM
Always wanted him to come to Dallas...No player on another team pissed me off more than him....The random 3's and the killer D