Greatness Lost Too Soon: Len Bias
As told by Coach Julian King
We are in uncertain times as the world is at a standstill. Sports and entertainment typically grants us a getaway from the troubles of the world. After 10 great episodes, “The Last Dance,” has come to an end leaving sports fans around the world looking for a new outlet.
“Basketball County: In the Water” produced by current NBA superstar Kevin Durant along with all-star Victor Oladipo and Quinn Cook, could not have arrive at a better time.
Having watched both, I began to take a trip down memory lane to revisit great moments & players in basketball.
The player that immediately came to mind was former University of Maryland star Len Bias. Bias was not only as a fantastic college player. Unfortunately, his story is one of the most tragic in basketball history.
Bias’ story would begin in Prince Georges County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
After attending Northwestern High School, Bias become a standout player for the Maryland Terrapins. During his time at Maryland Bias was led by legendary coach, Lefty Driesell. In the ultra-competitive ACC, Len Bias would have many high flying and entertaining battles with rival UNC guard, Michael Jordan.
Bias enjoyed stellar four year career at The University of Maryland. Bias would go on to garner such awards as two time ACC Player of the Year and selection to several All American Teams. Following his college career, Bias would go on to be selected as the 2nd overall selection of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft.
Bias seemed destined for greatness.
Bias later passed from a cocaine overdose just days after being drafter. There was never evidence of previous drug use, which made the story even more heartbreaking.
One fateful mistake by a young man would forever change his course for greatness. Basketball fans are left to only imagine what could have been epic NBA clashes between two titans in Len Bias and Michael Jordan.