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Ryan Bowen
Ryan Bowen
Position: -
Born: 11/20/75
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $8,895,707 ($11,925,558*)
By the time the fall of 2002 rolled around, the 39-year-old Jordan was preparing for his final NBA season, his second with the Wizards. Washington was scheduled to play a preseason game in Denver on Oct. 21, and only one question mattered: Was the six-time champion going to suit up? “It was crazy because he wasn’t supposed to play in that game,” said Ryan Bowen, the current Nuggets assistant coach who was then in his fourth NBA season as a forward for Denver. “He’s hadn’t been playing in any preseason games. Then, all of a sudden, we found out during the day that he was going to be playing.”
“We’re going through the matchups and he’s like, ‘Ryan, you’ve got Jordan,’” Bowen recalled. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute? I’m going to start against him?’” Jordan, then just a month from his 40th birthday, scored 25 points that night. He didn’t jump like he once did. He didn’t have the same speed. But he was still undeniably Jordan, and facing him for that final time is a memory Bowen will always keep close, if only because his kids always bring it up. “They want to know more about that than anything else I did,” Bowen, now 44, said with a laugh.
Says Denver assistant coach Ryan Bowen, who works with the team’s bigs, “They’re both so skilled in the way they play the game—they’re both playmaking bigs.” Those skills lead to remarkable offensive production when Jokic and Plumlee share the floor. According to Cleaning The Glass, which filters out garbage-time statistics, the Nuggets score 121.8 points per 100 possessions with the Jokic/Plumlee combo. Those lineups sport a 58.5 percent effective field goal percentage, which ranks in the 98th percentile among all NBA lineups, grabs 33.9 percent of available offensive rebounds (99th percentile) and shoots 65.2 percent at the rim (76th percentile). In other words, they take full advantage of their size.
Chris Dempsey: According to the #Nuggets, they have promoted five, many of which The Post has already reported. The full list of promoted coaches: Wes Unseld, Micah Nori and Ryan Bowen. Ognjen Stojakovic has been promoted from assistant video coordinator to player development coach. Tommy Massimino Jr. was a video intern last season. He is now the assistant video coordinator. This completes a summer of #Nuggets staff shuffling. John Beckett, btw, continues his role in player development, where he’s excelled.