Len Bias (November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986)his tragic life still haunts basketball players and coaches,29 years later after his death.
Our community and the Boston Celtics can only estimate his accomplishments, since he never even enjoyed his new-found fame and wealth.
Now we can only marvel over the games and his statistics and wonder what would have occurred if it wasn’t for that party,that tragic night?
How would Len Bias’s legacy compare with NBA Athletes such as Kobe Bryant,Scottie Pippen, Kareem, and of course Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and even Lebron James and D.Wade?
We revisit Len’s game in this 1985 clip uploaded that was filmed the year before he died.
We are still captivated and admire him in amazement and regret, and sadness at all these highlights, that never will tell his intentions and what he would contributed to the entire world, and in and off the professional court.
Len Bias was second pick in the 1986 NBA draft.
Did Len Bias have a promising legacy? Of course he did, and that is why he is still discussed.
Would he be on Sports Center now discussing the drafting possibilities and have a family of his on, or maybe be a coach or owner of his own basketball team?
Some NBA historians think he could have rivaled Michael Jordan?
We unfortunately we will never know,but there is a Len Bias in every neighborhood with talent that loses it to their outside surroundings.
Lin Bias left dinner,in his newly leased car and headed to the local dorm to hang out and enjoy his promising new life.
That night he snorted cocaine 2 days after being drafted and had a seizure and died before anyone even witnessed his highly anticipated year.
The world was anticipating an event that would never come…
The Sports World assumed that they would watch the soon to be legend score points and run up and down the court in his rightfully owned, Celtics Jersey.
Truthfully,Len became a legend, but not how he planned it, or the rest of the world envisioned..
Len Bias never began his NBA career and technically lost everything that he worked for in one night, because of lines of Cocaine.
Len also signed a $3,000,000 contract to endorse Reebok, that he never even had a chance to advertise for, and he never even modeled the shoe.
He died, and now we have his documentary, but I found a game of the legend as well.
Now, we can all ponder on what the Basketball world will never forget, Mr.Len Bias. The world is also left examining how much did the game lose, and why did it end up this way, “With Out Bias” all we have is the “What If?s”
According to writer Richard JT, “Bias was way more advanced than Jordan while in college.”
His “childhood friend” Brian Tribble (known drug dealer) was convicted of supplying the cocaine that tragic night and I am sure he lives with that haunting truth, every day. He didn’t Kill Bias, but imagine if you were the one that supplied that dose.
That has to be a haunting that never goes away.
I have friends and family members that chose selling and doing drugs over their talent, and they regret it every day.
Now they watch the games!
However, some of them should be on that same damn court, getting the attention.
At times, it saddens you to see these men doing nothing with their talent and letting their boys bring them down.
It happened, and it will always happen.
Unlike talent destroyed as in the case of Len Bias, Michael Jordan kept perfecting his game.
Jordan is the Best NBA Player of all time, and that is a fact.
Len Bias should be an NBA Legacy, instead he is a NBA Tragedy.
Len Bias will always haunt the Basketball Community, anytime he is mentioned in conversations.
We still think about his potential now.
He has been gone for 29 years, so we must demonstrate and teach the youth how talent can be lost within a minute, and one minute you are living your dream, and the next minute you aren’t living at all…
Len’s story should be told and never forgotten, so these young men and women don’t waste their talent, and never get to even celebrate all of their overcoming of adversity , earned awards, and their recognition for their professional dedication.
This story was important 29 years ago, and it is important now.
If only …