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Samuel Paul "Sam" Bowie (born March 17, 1961) is a retired American basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian, Bowie's professional promise was undermined by repeated injuries to his legs and feet. In spite of the setbacks, the 7'1" and 235 lb center played ten seasons in the NBA.
Projected as a solid first rounder in the 1984 NBA Draft, Bowie was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers as the second selection, ahead of future Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, due to Portland already having drafted Clyde Drexler just a year before.

As a player at Lebanon High School, Bowie was heavily recruited. He averaged over 28 points and 18 rebounds per game, and was a McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American. As a junior, he led his team to the state finals, where they lost by a point to Schenley High School of Pittsburgh. He was named National Player of the Year over another heavily recruited center, Virginia high-schooler Ralph Sampson. However, in a hyped game at the Capital Classic, called "Battle of the Giants" Bowie was outplayed by Sampson. Bowie also participated in the Dapper Dan and Derby Festival Classic.
As a freshman during the 1979a??80 season at the University of Kentucky, Bowie averaged twelve points and eight rebounds per game. At the end of that season, Bowie was picked for the United States Olympic men's basketball team, which eventually boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Bowie's sophomore season saw him average 17.5 points and nine rebounds per game. At the end of the season, he was named a third-team NCAA Basketball All-American by the Associated Press. Also in 1981, he set, and now shares, the Kentucky record for most blocked shots in a game, with nine.
However, Bowie began seeing the first signs of the injury trouble that would plague the remainder of his basketball career. In the third-to-last game of his sophomore season against Vanderbilt, Bowie went up for a dunk but came down off balance. He lan

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Portland Trail Blazers season preview

However, this NBA franchise is notorious for injuries to its star players. From Bill Walton to Sam Bowie to Greg Oden to Brandon Roy, perhaps no NBA franchise has been more snake-bitten by injuries all-time than Portland. On paper, the Trail Blazers have ...
Posted: October 13, 2016, 3:20 am

The Selection Dilemma

Wouldn’t it be safer to just go with a consensus selection ? Wouldn’t it ? In the 1984 NBA college draft, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie over a certain Michael Jordan (Who was then picked up by the Chicago Bulls). And no, it was not even ...
Posted: October 24, 2016, 1:43 am

What’s Next? 2016-17 Philadelphia 76ers: The Process Lives On

Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Yao Ming and more recently Greg Oden are on the lengthy list of big men whom the injury bug found most appetizing. Embiid would be another inaccurate decision that has plagued the Sixers franchise since it drafted Andre Iguodala.
Posted: October 12, 2016, 11:57 am
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