THE Los Angeles Clippers, expected to continue pursuit of Kawhi Leonard after this season, have dropped Bruce Bowen as television analyst after ripping the star forward on radio.
Bowen, also a former Spurs player, said in a Sirius XM Radio interview on June 22 that he believes Leonard is “getting bad advice,” criticizing the All-Star forward who wanted out of San Antonio.
Leonard was later shipped to Toronto, but the Clippers, are among those expected to chase the enigmatic forward again next season.
“I think there’s nothing but excuses going on,” Bowen said.
“First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed.’ Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise, and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?
“I think he’s getting bad advice … I think what you’re starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it’s not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you could still lean on Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginoboli],” Bowen added.
The former Spurs player, brought in before last season by the Clippers, will not get a contract extension. It was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.