B-MEG coach Tim Cone seemed like a proud father when he heard news about former Llamados’ import Denzel Bowles’ impressive showing in his NBA Summer League debut with the New Orleans Hornets.
“The B-MEG team and the entire SMC organization is so proud of him,” Cone told InterAKTV. “He will always be welcome to our B-MEG family, but I would be happier to see him fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.”
But Cone still watched Bowles’ performance with a coach’s eye, and had some pointers for his former ward, who won Best Import in the Commissioner’s Cup and led the Llamados to the title.
“He still needs to improve his defense and has to get up and down the court quickly. But Denzel is learning and continuously improving. I’m so proud of what he has achieved,” said Cone.
Other members of the Llamados tweeted words of encouragement for their former teammate.
@Denzel_Bowles congrats, big D! I feel proud watching you this morning. Great job!
— JC Intal (@jcintal7) July 16, 2012
congratz @Denzel_Bowles 16 points 11 rebounds.
— peter june simon (@pjs08) July 16, 2012
The love went both ways though. Even before his Summer League debut, Bowles showed that he was still keeping track of B-MEG’s campaign, congratulating his former team on its crucial win on Sunday night.
— Denzel Bowles (@Denzel_Bowles) July 15, 2012
In an interview, Bowles credited his PBA stint for preparing him for the rigors of pursuing his NBA dream.
“It definitely matured me. I was the youngest out there, and I had a lot of guys guiding me,” said the 23-year-old Bowles. “I grew through the season, and they really helped me out to become a man, basically.”