Nate Bowman

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Nate Bowman
Personal information
Born (1943-03-19)March 19, 1943
Fort Worth, Texas
Died December 11, 1984(1984-12-11) (aged 41)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College Wichita State (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1965–1973
Position Center
Number 12, 17, 13
Career history
1965–1966 Johnston C.J.'s
1966 Chicago Bulls
1966–1967 Asbury Park Boardwalkers
19671970 New York Knicks
1970–1971 Buffalo Braves
1971–1972 Pittsburgh Condors
1972–1973 Wilkes-Barre Barons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 745 (2.9 ppg)
Rebounds 878 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 175 (0.7 apg)
Stats at

Nathaniel "Nate the Snake" Bowman (March 19, 1943 – December 11, 1984) was an American basketball player born in Fort Worth, Texas.

A 6'10" center from Wichita State University, Bowman played five seasons (1966–1971) in the National Basketball Association and one season (1971–1972) in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Buffalo Braves, and Pittsburgh Condors. He won an NBA Championship as a reserve for the Knicks in 1970. In his NBA/ABA career, Bowman tallied 745 total points and 878 total rebounds. He was a good rebounder, but a poor shooter who had a problem with committing personal fouls, thus earning the nickname "Nate the Snake." In his NBA/ABA career, he committed more personal fouls than he scored field goals.

Bowman was one of several players involved in a November 20, 1968 brawl between the Knicks and Atlanta Hawks at Atlanta's Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The fight eventually spilled into the stands, where fans grabbed Bowman so that Atlanta's Bill Bridges could land a punch.[1] None of the participants were fined more than $25.[2]

Bowman died on December 11, 1984 in New York City.


  1. ^ Koppett, Leonard. "Hawks set back Knicks 111-106". The New York Times. 21 November 1968.
  2. ^ Mike Hudson. "Brawl Games". The Roanoke Times. 12 December 2004.

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