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

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 professional 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]


  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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