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Bowen still contracted to the NBL/Kings?
An article from the AP on Bowen at this week's NBA Combine.
"He got to play alongside Andrew Bogut, an NBA champion with Golden State, and experience in practice just how hard his picks were. Coach Andrew Gaze, who played on a title winner with San Antonio, was up front with him right from the beginning: If Bowen thought he was going to start on a team with its sights set high, well, guess again.
To Bowen, that made it all the more attractive. That's because he figures he would have to come off the bench in the NBA.
"You’re not going to play every game every night," he said. “You’re not going to play 25-plus minutes every night. I just want to be prepared with that, playing with those veterans. And try to pick their brains.”
Living in Sydney was valuable for a young adult trying to find his way. It took time getting used to seeing cars on the left side of the road and adapting to the “tricky” words, as he put it, like “breaky” for “breakfast.”
Finding a barber to maintain his Mohawk was another priority. He found two. He also tried kangaroo; for the record, it did not taste like chicken.
“It’s really not too bad,” he said. “It’s just like roast beef, but just more chewy.”
He also missed Rib Shack in Saginaw, a popular barbecue joint recently damaged by a fire. But playing in the NBA is certainly something he would like to sink his teeth into. He viewed this combine as a sort of re-introduction.
He insisted he is a more rounded player than the one who showed up at the combine last year, with a better touch as well as a better handle on the ball. He’s stronger physically and mentally.
Bowen is under contract to Sydney for next season, meaning an NBA team would have to buy out the deal or stash him there. But it’s clear where he wants to be.
“There were a lot of tough points, obviously, with media, with everything that obviously went wrong,” Bowen said. “But I fought through it. And I realized that I could fight through a lot of things.”"
So, if he gets drafted, maybe there's still a decent likelihood he's kept at the Kings to develop for another year?