Bruce Bowen on dirty play

By Henry Abbott

Here's a fun little project I'd like your help with: Let's name the NBA's twenty all-time dirtiest players. I have a brainstorm list working, but I'd like your ideas, your anecdotes, your YouTube links ...

To get you in the mood, here is the recently retired Bruce Bowen, talking to HoopsTV about his own reaction when people call him a dirty player:

When people said that it allowed me to understand that they weren't necessarily competing.

See, you never heard Michael Jordan call someone dirty. Even though, the Pistons during that time were hard fouling him, he never called them dirty. ... The true competitors of the game, they just compete. They don't say anything about anyone else, they just compete, and that's what it's all about.

So, if I were ever to complain about something, say if someone pushed off to create space, is that person dirty for pushing off to get their shot? I don't think so.

So it's all a matter of whose saying this and you go from there.

You take it with a grain of salt and you keep it moving.

He adds:

A few coaches have said, yeah Bruce is dirty if you're playing against him, but he's a player that you'd love to have, and that's all that matters to me.