Last weekend, former San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen was on NBA ambassador duties in Europe. On our Facebook and Twitter we asked you to send through your questions for him – check out our reader Q & A below!
If you could change the NBA in any way, how would you change it?
Bruce Bowen (BB):I would change the age. It should be required that the players go to college at least 2 years before entering NBA. That would help them to avoid some mistakes, learn responsibility. It is hard to arrive suddenly in the adult world when you still have a child mentality.
Who was the toughest player you ever had to guard?
BB: Michael Jordan.
What’s been your inspiration and drive throughout your time playing basketball (high school to the NBA)?
BB: To always understand that there is an opportunity to get better. But also to always think that if I am not working in improving someone else is.
Besides effort, what are the keys to containing great player/ your drills to get better defensively?
BB: To always pay attention to details by studying film, listening the coach game plan…
Who’s the best on ball perimeter defender in the league today?
BB: I don’t know the best but I like Iman Shumpert.
Which team and player did you enjoy playing/guarding the most?
BB: The Lakers and Kobe Bryant.
What stands out to you most in your career? Anything you wish you could relive/ change?
– Jonny Low
BB: I have no regrets to my career. From all the mistakes a made in my early career they helped me to get better and improve in my late career. I would not change anything.
What was the most important thing you learnt as a junior basketball player?
BB: I understand that as a basketball player in college. I would say fundamentals because without it I would not be able to adapt to NBA.
How has European basketball grown/changed since you played in France during 90’s?
-Ash Read (@ashread14)
The exposure with the NBA enabled European basketball to improve. Today, European athletes have a greater impact on the actual game (For example the brothers Gasol, Parker, Manu Ginobili…)
In game or practice situation how did you get past people thinking you were a dirty player?
-Alex Finn (@finnie_boy)
It’s just their opinion. It did not affect my team, my coach and me.
What are you planning on doing now that your playing days are over?
I work for ESPN as a NBA commentator and I am an ambassador of NBA.
In your opinion, who is the greatest NBA player of all time? Excluding MJ.
Who/What made you decide you were going to focus your game around defense.
I didn’t come in thinking defense but defense was a way to me to get in the court. So as I learnt that I used the best of my ability.
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