ESPNU to air documentary on Sam Bowie

ESPNU plans to air a documentary on former Kentucky star Sam Bowie.

The documentary, titled “Going Big,” will air at 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 20. It chronicles the ups and downs of Bowie’s career. The arc began with him being one of the most heralded high school prospects. Of course, he sat out two seasons at UK because of stress fractures.

Injuries cut short his NBA career.

In promotional material released on Tuesday, Bowie recalled being examined by doctors for the Portland TrailBlazers prior to the 1984 NBA Draft.

I can still remember them taking a little mallet, and when they would hit me on my left tibia, and ‘I don’t feel anything’ I would tell ‘em,” Bowie said in the release. “But deep down inside, it was hurting. If what I did was lying and what I did was wrong, at the end of the day, when you have loved ones that have some needs, I did what any of us would have done.”