Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever

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Da Capo Press, Sep 7, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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The 1984 NBA draft is most remembered as the one where Michael Jordan slipped to third behind number-one pick Hakeem Olajuwon...and the immortal Sam Bowie. You could understand the Houston Rockets choosing Olajuwon, but how on earth could the Portland Trailblazers pass up Jordan for the injury-prone Bowie? For the first time, Filip Bondy pieces together the entire backstory of the draft: from Michael Jordan's indecision over whether he should declare himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior year...to Charles Barkley's calculated attempt to avoid being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and to improve his position at the Olympic trials...to the trades that were considered but fatefully never made.
 

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TIP-OFF: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever

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Savvy overview of a paradigm-shifting moment in basketball, and the legends it created.In 1984, the NBA was hardly the slick hip-hop marketing juggernaut it is today. Teams were just beginning to ... Read full review

Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever

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It's not the worst mistake in sports history, but it's among the most famous-with the second pick in the 1984 NBA draft, the Portland Trailblazers selected Sam Bowie instead of several future stars ... Read full review

Contents

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Filip Bondy is a sports columnist at the New York Daily News, where he has worked since 1993. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife.

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