by Craig Kwasniewski
Bruce Bowen is a dirty player, plain and simple.
The NBA, looking the other way for all of Bowen's antics (incessant bitching, elbows, fouling the shooter) finally drew the line yesterday. Bruce Bowen was fined $10,000 by the NBA for kicking Seattle's Ray Allen in the back during a 106-102 loss to the SuperSonics on Sunday night.
Bowen kicked Allen in the back while the two were laying on the floor. Bowen was called for a technical, while Allen had to be restrained by Seattle's Robert Swift and San Antonio's Nazr Mohammed.
"It's just dirty basketball. It's plain, outright, dirty basketball," Allen said following the game. "You guys have chronicled our battles over the last couple of years and I don't mind the competition, someone going at me on both ends of the floor. ... But when guys start throwing elbows and kick you when you're down, that's dirty basketball and I don't respect guys like that."
And I don't respect Bruce Bowen either. Whenever I complain about that guy, some Spurs apologist adds that Bowen's a nice guy who's busts his ass on both ends of the floor. He's the underdog that we should all appreciate.
Whatever. The guy's a hack player who benefits from the refs allowing him to grab, hold, foul and constantly complain. (Seriously, next time you catch a Spurs game and manage to stay awake, watch Bowen's antics. The over-under for time to pass before he complains to a ref is 30 seconds.) As soon as the Spurs era comes to a close, you'll start to see the refs calling more fouls on Bowen. Just like the old Patrick Ewing running hook shot, as soon as the Knicks "window of opportunity" closed, the refs called Ewing for traveling.