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Superjudge 07-01-2008 11:33 AM

Len Bias
I just read this and it brought me back to a time when I was young, and stupid, and all I could do was place blame and insult a young mans character. I'm posting this for the young guys on here who may not know the story.

Take the time to really read this. Truly read this. It will help you to understand about life, and sport, and the fragility and importance of making it worthwhile. Winning and losing are both priveledges, it's forgotton in out results driven world.

Its a game. And the players are people, young men and women.


LX 07-01-2008 02:17 PM

Well put.

Superjudge 07-01-2008 02:32 PM

le sigh.

Thanks Dawg!

Acie 07-01-2008 02:38 PM

I remember when this happened.

I don't remember his younger brother though.


lang 07-01-2008 03:39 PM

Great read, thanks for that.

EazyBalla 07-04-2008 06:54 PM

:sad: Len Bias - The Day Innocence Died
This goes out to all the aspiring athletes, a warning. I did not know this before read it a couple weeks ago. This guy Len Bias died 2 days after he was drafted by the Celtics. He was supposed to be the next big thing better than Jordan. By http://espn.go.com/


Autopsy No. 86-999
Prince George's County
Leonard K. Bias
June 19, 1986

1. Cocaine Intoxication

LEONARD K. BIAS, a 22-year-old Black male, died as a result of cocaine intoxication, which interrupted the normal electrical control of his heartbeat, resulting in the sudden onset of seizures and cardiac arrest. The blood cocaine level was 6.5 milligrams per liter. Toxicological studies for alcohol and other drugs were negative. Due to the ongoing investigation of the circumstances surrounding his death, the manner of the death is ruled UNDETERMINED at this time.

A moment earlier, we have since learned, Len Bias sat up on a bed, bent over a mirror, proclaimed himself "a horse" -- a nickname his teammates had used for him because of his on-court grace and physical presence -- and snorted one last line of cocaine. A moment earlier, Bias was fine, just a young man celebrating his future the way many young men have/will celebrate their futures. Then he got up to use the bathroom, and he stumbled, and he sat back down on the bed, and he lapsed into a seizure. There were three other men in the room. One, Terry Long, placed the handle of a pair of scissors in Bias' mouth to prevent him from biting his tongue; another, David Gregg, held Bias' legs. Brian Tribble phoned his mother, who told him to call 911.

At 8:51 that morning, according to the autopsy report, Leonard Bias was pronounced dead. Larry Bird, reached by phone at his home in French Lick, Ind., declared to a reporter -- in a quote that would be woven into the legend -- that this was "one of the cruelest things I've ever heard." Bias' body was wheeled out of Leland Hospital, in front of TV cameramen and newspaper photographers, in front of onlookers and teammates who had gathered near the entrance to the emergency room. Statter, who has covered fires and murders and seen all manner of dead bodies, said the sight of Bias underneath a sheet, his outline long and lean, chilled him to the bone.

Len Bias was experimenting with cocaine for the first time that night.
Remember, this was when Crack/Coke was just becoming popular.
Watch the videos on the link:

Source - Click Here

Major 07-04-2008 07:09 PM

Oh my god. That's sad. This is the first time I found out.

This just really sucks bad. Especially happening out of no where too. And he was supposed to be better than Jordan? Wow.

EazyBalla 07-04-2008 07:14 PM

go to espn site and look for Len Bias in the Basketball section watch the videos, a documentary is coming out soon. Red Aurbach was smoking a cigar when he selected Len Bias, he was really excited. Oh and it got worst for Len's mom, just 5 years later his brother died, who played for the Wildcats.

Acie 07-04-2008 07:20 PM

Welcome to this past Tuesday... :)


EazyBalla 07-04-2008 07:31 PM

someone delete this thread.

Major 07-04-2008 07:34 PM

Ahah Doc

Major 07-04-2008 07:36 PM

The videos are very good. I watched the first two. And the documentary looks like it'll be a good one.

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