Gregg Popovich: Bruce Bowen couldn’t dribble and couldn’t pass


popovich-bowenGregg Popovich is known for being surly with the media, but he’s also known for being sarcastic and brutally honest when he does decide to engage in responding to a reporter’s legitimate question.

Gregg Popovich is known for being surly with the media, but he’s also known for being sarcastic and brutally honest when he does decide to engage in responding to a reporter’s legitimate question.

Prior to a game last week, a journalist asked Popovich a question about Kawhi Leonard‘s defense in comparison to that of Bruce Bowen, a specialist in that area who played in San Antonio from 2001-09 and was a part of three different championship teams.

Popovich said Leonard “is a lot better than Bruce Bowen”.

“Bruce Bowen couldn’t dribble and couldn’t pass. He shot 3s in the corner and he played good D, he played great D,” Popovich said.

“So we want Kawhi to match Bruce’s great D first and foremost, but after that he’s a much better offensive player,” he said.

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 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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