BRUCE Bowen is in town to catch the first two games of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland with Filipino fans on Friday at the Eastwood Activity Center and on June 4 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Glorietta.
The former San Antonio Spurs defensive specialist is excited to enjoy the fourth installment of the storied Warriors–Cavaliers rivalry with Pinoy hoops aficionados who Bowen calls 'one of the most knowledgeable fans outside of the US.”
“I’m thrilled to be here, I’m thrilled about the excitement of Filipinos here that are huge basketball fans. Outside the US, this is the number one country that’s following the NBA, with 6.7 million on their Facebook page,” said Bowen.
Despite the Cavs coming in as heavy underdogs against the star-studded Warriors side, Bowen believes the match-up is closer than it seems.
The key for him is how both squads handle their issues heading into the Finals.
“I think you have two teams that can win obviously, I think both teams should guard certain elements that is what’s happening to them now,” said Bowen, a three-time NBA champion in his own right.
“For the Warriors, everyone's talking about how everyone’s gonna win it all, just like that. You have to tune that stuff out,” Bowen added. “On the flipside, you have Cleveland, who takes on the role of 'us against the world.' Who’s gonna step with LeBron James? Is it George Hill, is it Jr Smith? Is it Green? Is it Tristan Thompson? You just never know.”
When put on the spot and asked which team he believes will win, Bowen said that he can’t bet against the defending champions.
With two former MVPs in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant leading the way alongside All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it’s not really surprising at all.
“I always go for the team that won before will win again, until someone takes it from them,” said Bowen. “Six games.”