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Ben Affleck Cut A Scene From Air That Dissed NBA Team For Passing On Michael Jordan, But Not For The Reason You Might Think

Ben Affleck fully engulfed dove head first into the worlds of sports and corporate America for his latest cinematic endeavor, Air. The movie takes place in the ‘80s and centers around Nike (which is struggling to get its basketball division going), as it attempts to sign rookie Michael Jordan. While the film seeks to shed light on the fledgling years of the sportswear giant, it also serves as a love letter to basketball in some ways. As such, Affleck filmed some moments that touch upon NBA history, including a scene that disses the team that passed on Jordan in the draft. The scene was ultimately cut but not for the reason that you might think. 

During the 1984 NBA Draft, Michael Jordan was drafted No. by the Chicago Bulls. The first pick went to the Houston Rockets, who scooped up future hall of famer Hakeem Olajuwon. Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers picked Sam Bowie – a center from Kentucky who was highly regarded at the time. However, Bowie didn’t prove to be as impactful in the pros as projected. He finished out his career in 1995, at which point he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.