not being taught because some coaches don’t
know them, things like teaching a right-hander
how to dribble with his left.”
Bowen said he is not blessed with great talent at
Cornerstone – at least not yet.
But there is a great deal of hope that 6-foot-9
freshman Kendrick DeLuna can develop into a
star. At least one recruiting service ranks him
among the top 30 freshmen in the country.
“He had been taught previously to rebound the
ball and kick it back out … and then he never sees
the ball again,” Bowen said incredulously. “In
the fall league, I told him: ‘If you get a rebound
and kick it out, why should I even have you on
the fl oor?’ He was kind of shocked by that, but
it’s about establishing him on the block and then
Bowen said his two biggest basketball infl uences
are a pair of legends: Pat Riley of the Heat and
Gregg Popovich with the Spurs. Both men taught
him to be physically in shape and mentally tough.
Those and other lessons are now passed down to
the kids at Cornerstone Christian.
“Facing a zone defense doesn’t mean you have
to shoot a jumper,” Bowen said. “I’ve been taught
to swing the ball around and then penetrate and
After that, he played sparingly for the Boston
Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers before the Heat
once again came calling, making him a consistent
starter for the fi rst time in his NBA career. He was
29 at the time, and Bowen started 72 games in the
2000-2001 season. Bowen, who is 6-foot-7, went
on to become an eight-time NBA All-Defense team
member – fi ve times on the fi rst team and three
times on the second squad.
His remarkable career fi nally fi zzled a decade
ago, getting released in July of 2009.
Two months later – at age 38 – he retired.
In 2012, Bowen’s jersey No. 12 was retired by the
San Antonio Spurs, the franchise he helped win
three NBA titles. He was just the seventh jersey
retired by the Spurs.
Since then, he has worked as a basketball
analyst and still does some games for ESPN.
But when he was asked by Cornerstone
Christian’s Raymond Philyaw if he would consider
coaching, Bowen surprisingly said yes.
“I wanted the chance to impact kids,” said Bowen,
who also coaches his two sons, who are in middle
school. “I’m teaching fundamentals that often are
The bottom line is that I enjoy this
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“ all of what I’ve learned, and I get joy from seeing
our kids succeed.