Sam Bowie now admits he was not completely honest about the pain in his legs in the lead-up to the 1984 NBA draft, if that makes you feel any better, Portland Trail Blazers fans.
No, we didn’t think it would.
Bowie, the 7-foot-1 center out of Kentucky who was infamously taken one spot ahead of Michael Jordan, is the subject of an upcoming ESPN documentary to which Yahoo! Sports was given a sneak peak. Bowie’s promising rookie season, when he averaged 10.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 76 games, was followed by an injury-plagued 10-year career that ended in 1995.
Bowie makes a number of startling admissions in the documentary, according to Yahoo, such as the defeatist feeling that as he watched Hakeem Olajuwon and Jordan get selected on draft night, he knew “deep down inside I physically wasn’t what these guys were.” That would have been irrelevant, of course, if the Blazers had known about Bowie’s leg ailments.
“I can still remember them taking a little mallet, and when the...