Anthony Lee Bowie (born
November 9 1963in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American basketball player. He is a former NBA shooting guard, most renowned for his stint with the Orlando Magic. With the Magic, Bowie became one of the top bench players, often stepping in to provide spark and energy, timely baskets, and defensive stops.
Bowie is notorious in the sports world for his infamous
triple-double, which was accomplished on March 19, 1996, versus the Detroit Pistons.
Bowie was selected in the third round (66th overall pick) of the
1986 NBA Draftby the Houston Rocketsout of the University of Oklahoma. After he bounced around in Europeand in several minor leagues, playing for the Rockets in the 1986 and 1987 pre-season games and for the New Jersey Netsduring the 1988 pre-season, he has debuted in the NBAwith the San Antonio Spursin 1989. After the end of the 1988-1989 season, San Antonio re-signed him and traded him for cash to the team that drafted him, the Rockets, where he played 66 games that season.
He spent 1990-1991 season in Italy with Ranger Varese. During the 1991 off-season he played for the
Chicago Bulls. Later in the 1991-1992 season, Bowie was signed by the Orlando Magicduring a West Coast road trip, and he remained with the team for five seasons. His tenure with the Magic was his most productive. Along with Donald Royal, Bowie provided the Magic with a spark off the bench, and was often used to guard the opponent's top offensive player. He was also good at hitting the jump shot, and could also hit the three-pointer.
He returned to Italy to play for Stefanel Milano in the 1996-1997 season. In January 1998, Bowie joined the
New York Knicksand played 27 games for them in the 1997-1998 season.
Then he returned to Europe, where he won
Euroleaguewith Lithuanian team BC Žalgirisin 1999. Then he played in the Greek A1 League with AEK Athens BC, winning both the Saporta Cupand the Greek Cup in 2000. From January to June 2001, he played in Italy again for Paf Bologna, he played in the Italian League final series, which Paf lost to Kinder Bologna.
After that season, he retired from playing basketball. In 2003, Bowie was named
head coachof the Bishop MooreHigh School basketball team, a private school in Orlando.
Bowie is most remembered for his
triple-double, in which he had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. In the NBA, a triple-double is a rare accomplishment, and even more so for a reserve. In a game versus the Detroit Pistons, with the Magic up big, Bowie realized that he needed a rebound and an assist for the feat. He knew that as a bench player, there probably wouldn't be another opportunity. There were only about four seconds left in the game, and after rebounding a Detroit miss, Bowie immediately called timeout, much to the chagrin of coach Brian Hill. Hill walked away from the huddle in disgust, and let Bowie dictate the play to his teammates. Bowie proceeded to set up a play so that he can catch the inboundspass, and pass it to a player in a position for the shot.
On the other side,
Detroit Pistonscoach Doug Collinswas also animated, and sensing his opponents' apparent lack of class, decided to pull his players from the game. Since he could not actually bench the players, he ordered them to stand underneath the basket closest to the visitor's locker room. As Collins and his players looked on, Bowie took the inbounds pass, bounced it to a wide open David Vaughnnear the basket, and he slammed it home for the tenth assist, and the triple-double. After the dunk, Bowie raced to the opposite end of the floor to apologize to Collins, but he was incredibly irate and wouldn't have any of it, and the Pistons rushed to the locker room.
During the post-game
press conference, Brian Hill called the whole incident embarrassing and shameful. Anthony, on the other hand, was excited about the accomplishment.
Nowadays, this incident is always mentioned every time a player has an opportunity to pad statistics for the sake of a personal goal. In 2003,
Ricky Davisattempted to shoot at his own basket to complete a rebound for a triple-double. [ ESPN.com, [http://espn.go.com/nba/columns/aldridge_david/1525101.html Davis should be punished for showing up Jazz] by David Aldridge] In 2004, Bob Suraof the Atlanta Hawkswas denied his third consecutive triple-double by also attempting to shoot a deliberate bad shot in order to quickly retrieve his own rebound. [ USA Today, [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/hawks/2004-04-13-sura-triple-double-disallowed_x.htm NBA takes away Sura's triple-double] by Roscoe Nance, 13 April 2004]
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