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At the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Thursday, the 3-time NBA Champion Bruce Bowen addressed the media. Bowen took a short break from his Jr NBA Cares duties to speak about the San Antonio Spurs and the current direction of the franchise.

“I think a lot of the struggle happens with a lot of teams is when you have new and young players.. I think that’s what you see with the San Antonio Spurs.”

The Spurs currently occupy the 8th seed in the Western Conference, with a record of 20-23. The last time they missed the playoffs was in 1997. Many expected their run of 21-consecutive playoff appearances to end last season, but they finished the season 48-34, in the 7th seed.

Whether they can better their playoff record this season remains to be seen. But if they do, they will have to battle past the first round. Something they have failed to do in the past two seasons.

The 48-year-old, who won championships with the Spurs in 2003, 2005 and 2007, commented on the importance of keeping a competitive product on the floor, despite there being a minor rebuild in San Antonio.

“Just like anything, you have to meet that challenge head-on. I don’t think anyone within the organisation is feeling bad about the process. What’s important is making sure that you can keep a product on the floor that’s competitive and something you can be proud of.. that happens in time.”

“I don’t think you can see situations where people aren’t pleased with the effort of the guys on the San Antonio Spurs right now. Just as any other organisation. But it’s just a little bit more special with that organisation because of all the success they’ve had.”