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

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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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Filip Bondy is a sports columnist for the New York Daily News. He has been cited as one of the top-ten sports columnists in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and The Village Voice. He has also authored or co authored six books, including Tip-Off and Chasing the Game.

Author Residence: Montclair, New Jersey
Published September 7, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 300 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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(To prevent teams from intentionally losing to improve their draft position, the league instituted a lottery system the following year.) Had the draft yielded Jordan alone, it would have forever altered the game.

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