I really like this move from the Spurs front office. Sure, Bowen isn’t one of the biggest names when thinking about the Spurs’ legacy in the past decade, but his impact on the team’s 3 championships in 2003, 2005, and 2007 really meant something to the organization.
Of course, his stats don’t stick out because he was never that type of player. He earned starting every single game for the Spurs from 2001-2008 all because of his defensive prowess, which I’m sure you would have noticed if you’ve ever watched him play a game. No one could forget, especially the people he guarded, battered and bruised from getting shut out.
5-time All-Defensive First team, 3-time All-Defensive second team, and three NBA Championships, all with the Spurs. I’d say that this is well deserved. Even Tim Duncan, arguably one of the best Power Forwards of all time, describes his legacy to the Spurs the best:
We’ve been trying to replace him ever since
I also find it amusing that they’re retiring his jersey during a game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. Of course, it was against the Wolves where Bruce left his lasting legacy…. on Wally Szczerbiak’s jaw.