When a sports cliche was literally true

Did you know that Bruce Jenner was selected in the 1977 NBA draft? It’s true. The Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings) took Jenner, then the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, in the seventh round.

Jenner hadn’t played basketball since high school. He declined to join the Kings.

Why did Kansas City pick Jenner? Because, quipped a Washington Bullets staffer, he was the best athlete available.


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