HoopsHype Bruce Bowen rumors

September 9, 2014 Updates

In 2006, after two poor international showings by Team USA, Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski called a lock-down defensive specialist: Bruce Bowen. They wanted the then three-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection to be the glue guy the national team had missed in previous tournaments. But he was cut just three days before the start of the World Championship that Japan hosted that year. It seems Bowen hasn’t forgotten. “I’m an american, I had an opportunity to represent my country and I was thrilled about that. It was one of the highlights of that year… Until I was cut”. “It’s not that I couldn’t make the team, I got cut. I still have problems with that”, Bowen said half-jokingly, half seriously in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Hoops

“You still don’t know exactly what type of player Kawhi Leonard is, to be honest. You can’t put limitations on guys. This is a guy who played inside in college, and now he is in a transition to the wing. He’s still in the process to get better and better”. Spanish Hoops

“The thing that separates Popovich from many other coaches is his simplistic view of how the game should be played. He thinks the game should be played to make others better, not just focus on one individual. Let’s use everyone!”. Spanish Hoops

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This year's rosters include celebrities from film, TV, and music. Reigning 2012 Sprit NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Kevin Hart ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"), will look to defend his title alongside stars like Grammy Award-winner Ne-Yo (R&B/pop); Nick Cannon ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"); Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games); Trey Songz (R&B Singer/Actor); Usain Bolt (Olympic gold medal sprinter); Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education); Terrence Jenkins ("E! News," Anchor); Common (Rapper/Actor); John Schriffen (ABC News Correspondent); Ryen Russillo (ESPN Host); NBA Legends Dikembe Mutombo (eight-time NBA All-Star), Clyde Drexler (ten-time NBA All-Star), Sean Elliott (two-time NBA All-Star), and Bruce Bowen (NBA legend); WNBA stars Tamika Catchings ( Indiana Fever) and Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx). NBA.com

November 30, 2012 Updates

Back in the Spurs' glory days, it was one disrespectful act after another out of Stern. The Spurs don't forget how the NBA's vice president of operations, Stu Jackson, directly called Bruce Bowen to warn him about how he was playing defense and threaten him with future punishments. Jackson didn't show the respect of reaching out to Spurs officials before communicating with Bowen, but bypassed them and got into the heads of one of their most important players. Phil Jackson himself couldn't have orchestrated it better on behalf of the Lakers' Western Conference championship chances. Yahoo! Sports

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That's not enough to keep them from being written off as contenders by most, something that has become a preseason tradition over the last few years. Even their former starting small forward Bruce Bowen, who had his jersey retired by the franchise earlier this year, thinks last season may have been their best shot to add a fifth championship. "I think they will always have the chance to be top three of the West," Bowen told HoopsHype. "I think it was a telltale situation last year as far as experience winning over everything else. As (David) Robinson said, the supporting cast of the Spurs didn't have that kind of playoff experience. They weren't really tested in the previous rounds. With the Thunder, they needed to do some necessary adjustments. (Danny) Green and (Kawhi) Leonard, they had never been in that position before. It was a little different. USA Today

September 24, 2012 Updates

Recently, Jalen Rose admitted he tried to stick his foot when Kobe Bryant took a jump shot during the 2000 Finals between the Lakers and the Pacers. Back in the day the media talked a lot about some similar plays that happened during your career with Steve Francis, Jamal Crawford... Also, there was a statistic that you likely contested around eight hundred shots per year during your 13-year career. What's your take on that? BB: I can't control what others say or think. The only thing that I can do is control what I do, and I know that for me there was no malicious harm involved, I didn't try to purposely harm someone. It just happened that I was a very aggressive player and those guys that came down on my foot, it was just a byproduct of me being close to them. I never intentionally tried to allow someone to come down on my foot. I came down on people's feet before as well, but I never read anything about that. That happens in the game of basketball. HoopsHype

BB: All those All-Stars that I've competed and played against, whenever they started complaining in the media saying that I'm dirty, that just made me feel that much better. I knew I was starting to set up my process as far as limiting them and have them think about something else when they should be focusing on the game. HoopsHype

Will the Heat win back-to-back titles? BB: I've always been this way: Whenever a team wins the championship, I go with that team, because they are the champions. And there's no reason why you wouldn't. But I think the Heat have improved adding Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen. They are going to help them a great deal because now they have dependable three-point shooters to spread the floor. They didn't shoot the ball so well from the three-point line last season, although they did in the Finals. They were fortunate to get hot during the Finals. A lot of people have a problem with what Ray Allen has done as far as leaving the Boston Celtics and going to a rival, so he's going to have to play to the best of his abilities so that he can justify what he's doing. HoopsHype

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Bowen, who often left the likes of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen feeling like birthday piñatas during a blue-collar career on the court, has in the months since dealt with divorce, the failure of a headline business and hard lessons about some friends and family reluctant to follow him out of the professional spotlight. “I had a lot of relationships that have been severed because I’m no longer a basketball player,” said Bowen, 40. “I think one of the most disappointing things for athletes is to be around people and it all changes because the parties are no longer put on by you or the things that you used to do are no longer something that’s of interest because you’re not footing the bill. “No one wants to be taken advantage of. But you see that it’s part of life. Some people’s elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.” San Antonio Express-News

It’s a tenacity that serves Bowen well these days. When not heading to ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., for camera time as an NBA analyst — always wearing a signature bow tie — the ex-player concentrates on his charity and promotional work closer to home. And, whenever possible, a blossoming passion for golf. “We went golfing early on, and Bruce would see me throw fits on the golf course and he’d say, ‘Man, you’ve got to relax out here, it’s all fun,’?” Elliott said. “This was when Bruce was really wet behind the ears, a virgin golfer. The last two or three times I’ve been out with Bruce, he’ll hit a bad shot and I’ll see him mumble to himself and I’m like, ‘Yeah, he’s starting to get it.’ It was only a matter of time. You can’t play defense in golf.” It’s all part of the adjustment for Bowen, whose signature sense of humor is still as much a part of his game plan as being approachable for fans. San Antonio Express-News

January 24, 2012 Updates

While it is clear the Spurs primarily are recognizing Bowen for his defensive excellence, he became a reliable 3-point shooter during his eight seasons in silver and black, especially from the corners. He led the NBA in 3-point accuracy in 2002-03, 44.1 percent. How many practice 3-pointers did Bowen take in pursuit of an offensive skill that would keep him on the floor? “I couldn’t tell you,” he said. “I understood my role here was to defend and there were times my offense got me in trouble with Pop. But there were times Pop drew up plays for me and made me feel great.” San Antonio Express-News

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