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Indonesia searching for new naturalized player after dropping Bowles

Denzel Bowles last played for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters during the Commissioner's Cup. KC Cruz/ESPN5

Former PBA Best Import Denzel Bowles' stint as Indonesia men's basketball naturalized player has been cut short after he was dropped by the federation just a week after the team's participation in a tournament in Eastern Taiwan.

In an article posted on Liga Olahraga on Oct. 9, Indonesia's team manager Fareza Tamrella mentioned that the 30-year-old Bowles "was not mentally and emotionally good."

"For Denzel, it has become a coach's decision because he sees his performance and mental and emotional condition. His mentality likes to change to become less stable," Fareza was quoted in an interview that appeared at Liga Olahraga.

"Denzel also still really needs adaptation with the national team. But from the national team it is not possible to wait any longer so it is immediately decided (crossed out)," he added.

The statistics of Bowles are not available in his initial stint with the Indonesia men's squad, which joined the 10-team Hualien International Basketball Tournament held in Eastern Taiwan in the last week of September.

The Indons, now mentored by former Smart-Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman, posted a 2-3 record in the five-day tournament.

They are using the brief trip to Taipei as part of the team's preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian, which the Philippines will be hosting starting on Nov. 30.

In an email to ESPN5.com, Toroman confirmed that Bowles was indeed gone.

"Denzel just left Jakarta because of personal problems," Toroman said. "I don't think that he will come back."

Fareza said they intend to find a replacement for Bowles in time for the SEA Games.

Bowles is best remembered by PBA fans for leading B-Meg (now Magnolia) to the 2012 Commissioner's Cup crown en route to being named the Best Import for that conference.

His most recent PBA stint was with Rain or Shine in this year's Commissioner's Cup and was cut short with a knee injury.