Former NBA star Bruce Bowen held a basketball clinic in Sydney for a group of children from disadvantaged communities, many of them Sudanese refugees.
A 3-time NBA champion, Bowen held a clinic for some 40 children. Many players in the program were Sudanese refugees who had fled their war-torn homeland with their families, SBS reported.
There is rising interest in the sport from the South Sudanese community, especially after Sudanese-born Australian Thon Maker was drafted 10th in the NBA draft.
While many of the kids aim to reach the top – to get drafted into the NBA, Bowen himself said that talent alone won’t get a player to the top.
“I think everything is possible as long as you have the right attitude. There’s a lot of circumstances that went on in my life that I share with the kids,” said Bowen.
“There are struggles. I mean, we can’t say that our struggle is greater than someone else’s. What you can do is try to turn that negative into a positive.”
During his NBA career, Bowen played for Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs. He went on to win three NBA championships with the Spurs (2003, 2005 and 2007).
Bowen, known for his defense, averaged career high 8.2 ppg for the Spurs in 2004-05, and holds career averages of 6.1 ppg and 2.8 rpg, appearing in 873 NBA games (644 started).
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