Monday, June 19, 2006

Len Bias: 20 Years Later

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Len Bias - a potential NBA great who, sadly, never got the chance to step on the court. Fans of the Boston Celtics, the University of Maryland Terrapins, and basketball in general, are familiar with his story - the meteoric rise through college, the promise he held as the 2nd overall pick in the draft, and the cocaine overdose that brought it all crashing down, tragically cutting his life short. Instead, we're left with thought of what could have been for one of the most promising talents of my lifetime. has done an excellent job of rounding up all of the coverage, which you can find here. These articles do better justice to the man and his legacy than I ever could, so I'll end with a tribute video, courtesy of YouTube.


At 2:16 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Didn't you just do a 40,000 word post about him a week ago? I mean, it sucks that he died, but cmon. You're turning into Dan Shaughnessy.

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous J.R. said...


Alex, you didn't mention that you were interviewed by some CP writer after G6. I was shocked to see your name in the local paper this morning in Kitchener, Ontario.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Ya, too bad the girl put in the wrong URL for our site.

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous jon said...

It's pretty hard to feel that badly for someone who dies overdosing on cocaine. Especially when one considers the life of privilege and extravagence that it entails.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Loxy said...

I don't think it's Len Bias that you feel sorry for..

Such a death creates an uncertainty around where the Celtics could've gone and how good he could've been. Questions don't get answered.

Scoop Jackson had a "good" article on page 2 today.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Scoop Jackson had a "good" article on page 2 today.

Was that a joke? Oh, you used quotations around "good." Whew.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Thanks for the link J.R. I was interviewed after Saturday's game (I met the reporter while in line at the Elephant & Castle), but since I didn't make it into her story on Sunday, I assumed I wouldn't for future articles. Good times.


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