Ryan Bowen emerged as one of numerous positive stories that came out of the 2007-08 division-winning season for the Hornets. Due to a combination of factors, Bowens playing time dropped considerably this season, with him appearing in 31 fewer games and logging 441 less minutes.
A free agent this summer, he's the subject of the latest Hornets.com season-in-review article on the team's 14 players.
After working with him on his blog this season (the Floor Burns blog appeared periodically in the Hornets GameTime program in 2008-09), its easy to see why Bowen has been so popular among fans throughout his NBA career. He consistently comes across as one of the most humble, genuine and down-to-earth athletes that Ive ever met.
To me, this portion of one of Bowens blogs sums up his appreciative view of his life as an NBA player: There are a lot of times when I look around the league, or watch a game on TV, and think Wow, its an honor to be playing in the NBA, to be playing with and against these guys.
I definitely dont take it for granted. I know that Im very blessed and very fortunate to be in the situation Im in.