NBA Roundtable

Bowen Retires

In Free Agency, General NBA on September 4, 2009 at 6:35 am

ESPN reports

After helping the San Antonio Spurs win three championships and establishing himself as perhaps the premier perimeter defender of his generation, 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.

Bruce Bowen added

“It’s not how you start but how you finish,” Bowen told local reporters, reflecting on his unlikely journey from undrafted free agent out of Cal State Fullerton to key contributor with three championship teams in San Antonio.

“I hope my legacy would be as someone that never was satisfied with just being where they were.”

That’s disappointing. I thought Bruce Bowen had another season in him. I thought he would have made a good second wing off the bench for somebody. He is still a good defender and a very good three point shooter, those two skills make him useful for several teams.

Bruce Bowen had a superb career. He established himself as one of the league’s best stoppers on the perimeter, and maintained that level of excellence for the best part of a decade. Bowen played a key role on three Championship teams for the Spurs and was arguably the fourth best player on two of those teams.

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  1. Dave,

    The entire “Bruce Bowen Story” is one which I just love.

    A hollywood producer should make a movie about the life of Bruce “Karate Kid” Bowen.

    re: why he’s quitting now

    Once a player like BB has in fact scratched and clawed his way to the top of the mountain it’s an exceptionally difficult thing to do, to go somewhere else … where the people don’t know what you know about what it takes to climb THAT mountain.

    Heart-felt kudos to Bruce Bowen! You made all your dreams come true. Just a few, in this world, earn the opportunity to say THAT. 🙂

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