Sam Bowie's career probed in ESPN documentary

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sam Bowie insists that he wasn't a bust in the NBA.

The former Kentucky center says that bad legs kept him from having a more productive professional career. Still, Bowie says he wasn't that bad — despite the prevailing public opinion otherwise because the Portland Trail Blazers chose him ahead of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.

Bowie averaged 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in his 10-year career.

The 7-footer's injuries, life and career are examined in a documentary, "Going Big," premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The 51-minute film chronicles his childhood in Lebanon, Pa., and the high expectations placed upon him before he broke his left leg as a sophomore at Kentucky.

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