Sam Bowie denies lying to Blazers about his health before the 1984 NBA Draft

Sam Bowie

Is one of the most sympathetic figures in Trail Blazers history, a hard-luck player with frail legs who endured numerous injuries and surgeries that weren’t his fault?

Is he a forgettable franchise footnote, a 7-foot-1 package of fool’s gold who’s mammoth size and potential convinced the Blazers to draft him ahead of Michael Jordan, who became the ’s greatest player?
Or is Bowie a calculated liar who deceived the Blazers about his health and covered up the extent of his ailing left leg before the 1984 Draft?

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