What if Michael Jordan would have been drafted by the Trail Blazers instead of the Bulls during the 1984 NBA Draft? It's a question that's been asked for almost 30 years now. But, there might actually be some validity to it. In a new documentary called Going Big that's set to air on ESPNU on December 20, Sam Bowie—the guy who was selected just ahead of MJ in the '84 Draft—reveals that he lied to the Blazers about some pain that he felt in his left leg prior to the draft that year.
"I can still remember them taking a little mallet, and when they would hit me on my left tibia, and 'I don't feel anything' I would tell 'em," he admits in the documentary. "But, deep down inside, it was hurting. If what I did was lying and what I did was wrong, at the end of the day, when you have loved ones that have some needs, I did what any of us would have done."
Blazers fans probably love to hear that. Ha. There's no guaranteeing that Portland would have picked Jordan if they had passed on Bowie. But, there's a good chance that they would have at the very least thought about it.
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[via Ball Don't Lie]