Bruce Bowen has earned himself a name in the NBA, as being one of the better defenders and a great role player for a championship team.
Bowen has given just that to the San Antonio Spurs, where he helped the team to win three titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Bowen has recently recalled on USA Today playing against such superstars as Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
“I am literally about to jump out of my skin, like ‘I’m guarding Michael Jordan, I am guarding Michael Jordan!’,” Bowen recalls. “Then Mike takes a shot, misses and I want to hug him and say ‘oh man, you missed, that was fun’.”
Then he moved on to LeBron James, playing against which was a bit different.
“With LeBron on the other hand it was all the things that I’ve heard about. And I’ve heard so much about this phenom,” Bowen said.
“When I finally played him, the first thing I said to him was ‘Are you having fun young fella?’, and he said ‘absolutely, Bruce’, and that was it,” Bowen said.
Bowen admitted that he was more worried about playing Jordan than LeBron for a very simple reason.
“I was more worried about Michael than I was about LeBron, because it was the unknown with LeBron, but with Michael – I’ve seen all the commercials, all the posters, all the dunks, and I didn’t want to be on that poster,” Bowen recalled. “But at the same time, I was looking forward to the challenge.”
During his NBA career, Bowen played for Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs. He went on to win three NBA championships with the Spurs (2003, 2005 and 2007).
Bowen, known for his defense, averaged career high 8.2 ppg for the Spurs in 2004-05, and holds career averages of 6.1 ppg and 2.8 rpg, appearing in 873 NBA games (644 started).
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