Bowen saw reduced role from previous year

Monday, May 11, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

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, Bowen’s 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), it’s 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 I’ve ever met.

To me, this portion of one of Bowen’s 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, it’s an honor to be playing in the NBA, to be playing with and against these guys.’

“I definitely don’t take it for granted. I know that I’m very blessed and very fortunate to be in the situation I’m in.”