STAR is set to have a Draymond Green-type of player as its import who the Hotshots are hoping can anchor them in their PBA Governors’ Cup title campaign probably like the Golden State Warriors utility man did for the Warriors in the NBA Finals last month.
Cinmeon Bowers compared his playing style to that of the newly minted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, who’s also an offensive playmaker for the Warriors.
“I do it all; I’m like a Draymond Green – I do whatever,” Bowers said, although he looked up to fellow Auburn alumnus and NBA great Charles Barkely as his idol. “Whatever coach asks me to do, I’m going to do it.”
“I’m just going to play hard, be a leader, and just help the team win and bring home a championship,” the 24-year-old Racine, Wisconsin native added in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Thursday.
Star coach Chito Victolero has seen glimpses of Bower’s all-around game in controlled scrimmages the past few days.
“Ang style niya is parang point forward siya: he can handle the ball, at the same time, he can play big,” Victolero said. “Pwede namin siya gamitin sometimes at three (spot), he can play at the four and five, so marami kaming options sa kanya.”
“(He can play the) two, three, four, five (spot), and sometimes he can play point,” he added with a chuckle. “He played point sa high school.”
What makes Bowers, who is listed at 6-7 but is expected to make the 6-foot-5 import height limit, more capable of being a versatile player was his conscious effort to lose weight after going as heavy as 280 pounds in Auburn.
He started his weight loss program in his first pro stint in Israel.
“Maganda lang na nakita ko sa kanya is yung timbang niya bumaba. I think he’s 245 pounds na lang ngayon eh,” Victolero said. “Galing siya sa Israel na 255 o 260, so he’s willing na bumaba ng konti yung kanyang timbang para mas lalo siya maging effective dun sa laro niya na bagay sa amin.”
“Yung energy niya, yun yung isa sa factor na magdadala sa amin,” he added. “Actually kahit nung medyo malaki pa siya, andun na yung energy niya. Now na bumaba yung timbang niya, mas lalo siya naging agile, yung rebounding niya, yung reaction niya, lalong nag-improve.”
Aside from Bower’s physical attributes, Victolero praised his ward for being coachable.
“Yung attitude niya, isang factor din yun,” the Star coach said. “Ang ganda ng attitude nung bata. And hopefully, yung chemistry makuha agad with the locals.”
Once the cohesion is there, expect the Hotshots to sustain their rise from previous conferences.
But Bowers is not letting the pressure that comes with reinforcing one of the league’s perennial contenders - not to mention among the most popular teams - get to him.
“Ain’t no pressure, man,” said. “We’re just going to work hard every day in practice, get better every day, and win games.”