Former NBA standout Bruce Bowen back in Fresno to embrace roots

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Seven years after he retired former NBA standout Bruce Bowen wasn't through giving back to his old neighborhood. (KFSN)

Seven years after he retired former NBA standout Bruce Bowen wasn't through giving back to his old neighborhood.

Basketball skills were secondary to the lessons Bowen passed along to kids at his free camp at Edison high. Get good grades and he'll save you a spot.

Bowen explained, "I think it's important Dale some of these kids come from different backgrounds and they can't afford those camps."

Bruce's former coach at Edison, Bill Engel, remained right by his side helping teach fundamentals.

Engel said, "It means so much to these kids. They look forward to it all year long. It just makes my heart feel good. He's just a great guy."

9 year old Ozmel and 10 year old Ojani enjoyed coming back to work out in their dad's old gym.

Ojani Bowen said, "Maybe playing a little scrimmage game and probably doing a lot of the drills because it helps you become a better player."

Bruce added, "This is where I'm from and I want my kids to understand that this is where your father developed a lot of his life lessons."

In addition to his work on ESPN, Bowen the broadcaster also offered his views on "Good Morning America" during the NBA playoffs.

He heard from friends who don't follow sports, "And they're like Bruce I saw you on 'Good Morning America.' You really matter now Bruce. It's hilarious."

Bowen knew a little Spanish while growing up but now he's fluent enough to do occasional work for ESPN Deportes.

Bruce explained in Spanish, "Oh, claro que si porque es un grande parte de mi vida dale entonces es muy importante soy un ejemplo para los ninos."

Bruce said the Spanish language has played a big part of his life and it was important to be an example for the kids.
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