Bruce Bowen returning to ESPN after year stint with Clippers as broadcaster
Former L.A. Clippers broadcaster Bruce Bowen is headed back to ESPN after a season-long absence from the network, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
The former San Antonio Spurs guard was let go by the Clippers this off-season, as he made controversial comments about small forward Kawhi Leonard regarding his potential free agency when Bowen appeared on Sirius XM Radio.
“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 there's nothing but excuses going on…You're the franchise and you want to say that @spurs didn't have your best interest at heart? Are kidding me?"@Bowen12 on @kawhileonard pic.twitter.com/2HvQNvR6Fb
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) June 21, 2018
The Clippers front office didn’t agree with the comments, and shortly after his heated rant, the organization parted ways with the 47-year-old. His time away from the game has been brief however, as he has since been picked up by ESPN and will assume his previous role as a studio analyst.
Bowen isn’t the only name being shuffled around the network this offseason, as ESPN have undergone their own version of broadcasting free agency. Former Denver Nuggets wing Richard Jefferson is very sought after as his playing career hangs in the balance, but has been adamant he wants to compete in his 18thseason. Mike Fratello has been let go by the sports powerhouse, Detroit Pistons legend Chauncey Billups will be calling more games, and soon-to-be 85-year-old Hubie Brown is set to sign a multi-year extension to remain with ESPN for the foreseeable future.
As you can see, Bowen returns to a team riddled with knowledge and experience within the NBA. His time away from ESPN was short lived, and the Clippers are now actively looking for his replacement to broadcast games next season.