Sam Bowie Denies Lying to Blazers About His Health Before the 1984 NBA Draft

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Sam Bowie Denies Lying to Blazers About His Health Before the 1984 NBA Draft
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Is Sam Bowie 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 NBA’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 NBA Draft? “Anybody that knows me, from the hierarchy in the Portland Trail Blazers during my playing days to my teammates to my friends and family, knows I would never deceive or trick or lie to anybody,” Bowie told The Oregonian during a phone interview Wednesday. “I wasn’t raised that way. You can call me a lot of things, but don’t look at me as though I deceived or tricked (the organization)...

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