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In the aftermath of critical comments about 2019 free agent target Kawhi Leonard, Bruce Bowen won’t be brought back as the Los Angeles Clippers’ television game analyst next season, according to a report from ESPN.
In June, Bowen, a former San Antonio Spur, bashed Leonard for how he handled his quadriceps injury and said the two-time Defensive Player of the Year was getting bad advice.
“I think there’s nothing but excuses going on,” Bowen told Sirius XM Radio on June 22. “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 still could lean on Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili].”
Leonard, who was traded to the Toronto Raptors, will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 and is primarily interested in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers.
The Clippers hired Bowen before the 2017-2018 season.