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Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever by Filip Bondy 0306814862 9780306814860
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Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever by Filip Bondy

Weeks before the 1984 coin flip, Dean Smith had called Bill Fitch, coach of the Houston Rockets, and was told straight out that if the Rockets lost that first pick, they were going to draft Michael Jordan at the No. 2 spot. It made perfect sense for Houston, because the Rockets already owned a big man in Ralph Sampson and they were not about to take a chance on any giant other than the sure thing. Olajuwon.... The Trail Blazers were set to take a big man, probably Sam Bowie, at No. 2. Smith shook his head in disbelief. How could they pass up Jordan? How could they do that? The 1984 NBA Draft is One of the Most controversial in NBA history. Teams were losing games very suspiciously during the regular season to enhance their draft position. And who wouldnt, when the draft featured four future members of the Top 50 NBA Players of All Time team--Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, and Michael Jordan. But this draft is most often remembered as the one where Michael Jordan slipped to third and was a reason the lottery system was introduced the next year. How could the experts have been so wrong and, even more astoundingly, how could the Portland Trailblazers, who held the second pick, pass on Jordan and choose the injury-prone Sam Bowie? Flip Bondy sets out to answer that question and many more. Talking to general managers, coaches, and players, Bondy provides the entire back story of the draft: trades that were never made; wrong-headed assessments of players like Charles Barkley and John Stockton, and how Bobby Knight, coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, played a major role in advising certain teams about key players.

Author: Filip Bondy

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 300

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publication Date: 2007-05-01

Our Price: $4.19

ISBN: 0306814862

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