May 4, 2003 |
After surviving the Phoenix Suns' consistent double-teaming of forward Tim Duncan in the low post in the opening round, the Spurs are looking forward to facing the Lakers in the second round. Game 1 is Monday. The Lakers don't do much double-teaming, preferring to match their strengths against the opposition's strengths. And the Spurs are OK with that.
October 25, 1990 |
Ram quarterback Jim Everett has come to the aid of a Cal State Fullerton basketball player, but his generosity--if accepted--could jeopardize the eligibility of Titan forward Bruce Bowen. Bowen, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Fresno, will undergo surgery this morning to remove a small polyp in the back of his throat. The polyp, not considered life-threatening, was discovered about a month ago during a preseason physical examination given to all Fullerton basketball players.
May 8, 2005 |
Ray Allen took a seat on a water bucket after practice Thursday, and it wasn't long before he was asked about Bruce Bowen. "It's going to be a key matchup, definitely," Allen said as the Seattle SuperSonics prepared to play the San Antonio Spurs. But it's actually so much more. Making the showdown between one of the NBA's best shooters and best defenders even more interesting is Allen's distaste for Bowen, a former friend. The Western Conference semifinal series starts Sunday in San Antonio.
May 15, 2004 |
Somewhere amid the rubble of two last-second shots, an appeal and a denial, the Spurs are in position to do something of which they're historically capable: Win Game 6. Four times in last season's championship run, the Spurs played a Game 6. They were winners all four times, three times on the road. One victory in particular stands out: Spurs 110, Lakers 82, at Staples Center, exactly one year ago.
December 11, 1990 |
Cal State Fullerton forward Bruce Bowen is breathing a little easier these days. The small polyp that obstructed his nasal passage and turned simple pleasures such as eating and sleeping into daily chores was surgically removed Oct. 25. The financial burden of the operation--Bowen's family didn't have medical insurance, and it would have been an NCAA violation for the school to pay because the problem wasn't basketball-related--was lifted when Ram quarterback Jim Everett provided assistance.
November 30, 2005 |
Derek Fisher wasn't there to bail the Lakers out. Shaquille O'Neal, Rick Fox, Karl Malone, Robert Horry were all gone, long moved on to different teams or other chapters in their lives. But there the Lakers were, entrenched in a surprisingly close call with their one-time rivals, resorting to new ways to try to beat the San Antonio Spurs. Sasha Vujacic was a factor. So was Andrew Bynum. Lamar Odom played his best game of the season. There was an Aaron McKie sighting in the fourth quarter.
June 12, 2003 |
Be it ever so humble, it's a real series, at last. Throwing out every bit of available Jersey lore, including an appearance by the Devils bearing their Stanley Cup and Bruce Willis leading cheers, the New Jersey Nets blew a 15-point lead in the third quarter Wednesday night, then came from five points behind in the fourth to beat the San Antonio Spurs, 77-76.
May 21, 2008 |
San Antonio has won four championships since 1999, the Lakers have won three, and the winner of the Western Conference finals has a chance to gain something else. "If we win it and you want to call us team of the decade, you're my man," Kobe Bryant said. The Lakers and Spurs begin another playoff series tonight at Staples Center, their sixth meeting in the last 10 seasons, part of a rivalry in which familiarity breeds mild contempt and, often, an NBA title.
May 5, 2003 |
Guarding Kobe Bryant isn't tough. Well, actually it is, but more about that in a few paragraphs. Tough is getting to the NBA from Fresno. It's watching Cal State Fullerton teammates and rivals getting selected on draft day, but never hearing your name called. It's playing in France. It's playing for Continental Basketball Assn. teams in Fort Wayne, Ind., Rockford, Ill., and Sioux Falls, S.D. It's getting cut and returning to France.
November 20, 1997 |
When Bruce Bowen finished his college basketball career at Cal State Fullerton four years ago, he wasn't drafted. There wasn't even a hint of interest by the NBA. The league's talent scouts didn't invite him to tryout camps for top seniors. A Continental Basketball Assn. team in Sioux Falls, S.D., gave him a quick look but didn't offer him a contract. Another CBA team in Fort Wayne, Ind., had him on its roster for a few weeks, then cut him.