Sam Bowie

po_Bowie-SamSamuel Paul “Sam” Bowie (born March 17, 1961) is an American former professional 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 ft 1 in (2.16 m) and 235 lb center played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (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.