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Old 11-07-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Is It Time to Suspend Bowen For A Long Period

How many ankles must he ruin? Is there a point when the league will look at tape, see what Bowen does, warn him and then suspend him.

Sure, its not hitting on the arm and its not obvios so the ref cannot be expected to call it in the middle of game action - but now Francis is added to the list of Carter, Ray Allen and I think Dirk who have missed time because Bowen sticks his feet underneasth them on jumpers.

It should not necessitate a rule, because as ballplayers, they should all be in favor of not hurting each other -- when a player leaves his feet, his career is in the hands of those underneath him. Most players respect that, understand that soon they'll be in air and want the same protection.

Bowen does not seem to care. He does it over and over and over again. Players have complained - nothing has been done, and now Francis is out. Will it take an injury to pretty boys Wade/James before the league reacts?

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Old 11-07-2006, 11:29 AM   #2
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the league wont react, the man has the defensive cetificates so he'll probably get away with it, is really frustrating.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:31 AM   #3
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somebody needs to step under his feet the next time he shoots that one shot from the corner he can actually hit.....see how much he likes it
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:33 AM   #4
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its kinda lame how some "defensive specialists" can get away with breaking rules that cause harm and not get penalised over it. Yet other guys take one random hard foul and the league reviews tapes and fines/suspends them.

Its pretty much the opposite of superstar calls on O.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:38 AM   #5
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"You guys think its so easy? Some of these guys are 200+. The 'ankle breaker' takes its toll on my feet. "
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:41 AM   #6
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I've gotta agree with this. Should be a fine if a ref notices a tendency for Bruce (or anyone) to do this during a game. I actually broke my ankle on a similar play a couple of years ago and while I don't think about it much when I'm shooting these days (I forget about it in the flow of the game), I definitely keep an eye out for it when watching games. Tmac loves to kick his legs out in front of him when he shoots, so I'm almost always watching where his feet are coming down...while holding my breath.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:44 AM   #7
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Sometimes it just happens because it happens. A guy lands funny, the foot happens to be there...ok, things happen. But with Bowen its 2-3 times a yaer, every damn year. As an NBA fan it pisses me off. Let the guys play, try to keep everyone healthy.
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Along those same lines, Jason Terry has tried to take a guy's head off on 2 separate occasions already this season. And they've only played 3 games!
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:49 AM   #9
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This may be a naive question, but what are the chances that he does it on accident? To me there's a difference between playing tough defense and not caring if guys turn their ankles on your foot, and actually trying to get guys to land on your foot.

Part of it falls on the jumpshooter as well. Some guys jump a little bit forward naturally as they shoot, which is a little risky IMO.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:51 AM   #10
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Bowen does not seem to care. He does it over and over and over again. Players have complained - nothing has been done, and now Francis is out. Will it take an injury to pretty boys Wade/James before the league reacts?

He did you a favor.

In all reality, it is dirty and he probably has the respect of 0 players.
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kobe respects him a lot and says he is just the toughest defender in the league (for him to go against) but he isnt dirty, thats what kobe says at least.
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This may be a naive question, but what are the chances that he does it on accident? To me there's a difference between playing tough defense and not caring if guys turn their ankles on your foot, and actually trying to get guys to land on your foot.

Part of it falls on the jumpshooter as well. Some guys jump a little bit forward naturally as they shoot, which is a little risky IMO.

Could be an accident, though it seems unlikely because it happens so often and not nearly as often ot other players. Taking Ray allen, for instasnce. Dude takes a ton of jumpers and everyone who defends him, goes full bore against. He's only landed on Bowen - twice. Somehow he has avoided everyone else's feet.
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"kobe" hasn't had his ankle broken yet. Give it time.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:00 PM   #14
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He hasn't hurt Kobe yet, so no.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:00 PM   #15
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Unless you can prove he does it intentionally I dont see a problem with it. It's no different than someone going for a rebound and coming down on someones ankle. Why would the league act on something Bowen cant control.

Also Francis being out is a good thing. He's done nothing for that franchise.


Ray Allen
Vince Carter
Steve Francis

Who else? When the list starts to pile up maybe you can make a case. But 3 players? Blah
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