Originally written November 30, 2012 on Project Spurs:
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San Antonio Spurs legend Bruce Bowen was hated by everyone who wasn't a fan of the team who's jersey he was wearing. He was a pest on defense and, even though he was respected by his peers, he was disliked for his play. From moving his arms around a player looking to pass to a hand to the face constantly, you can see he probably wasn't the first player on anyone else's Christmas list. To Spurs fans and his teammates, he was viewed as a great teammate. He was a guy who didn't ask for attention and took whatever job was asked of him from guarding the shortest fastest player to the tallest opposing player. Bowen also knows what great teammates are and knows there's a bond in a team that has to be built up to be successful. If you agree with that, then you shouldn't be too surprised about Bowen weighing in on the Rajon Rondo-Kris Humphries incident. How many guys in the league today are MORE CONCERNED with protecting a teammate, than ending the streak of a personal goal?LOVE RONDO!!! — Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) November 29, 2012 Kevin Garnett may not be the most popular or well liked player in the league or to its fans, but he's beloved among his teammates and fans who bleed Celtic green. He is to the Boston Celtics what any San Antonio Spur is to his team: a player you hate on an opposing team but one that you'd love on yours, so you'd expect one of his teammates to stick up for him even for a mind touch foul. The Celtics may not be a young team, but they are a team with new pieces that are supposed to be major players in their success this year. The incident cost Rondo two games, but he knows the benefits of the camaraderie that will develop from the team will be worth it. Now the new Celtics know they have someone sticking up for them during any situation and it will pay off, especially in the playoffs. Rondo knew this and so did Bruce.
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