Len Bias Would Have Turned 50 Today

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Len Bias' story is stuff of legend.

Bias, who had all the talent in the world, was expected to take the NBA by storm as the No. 2 pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft. In four seasons at Maryland, he had established himself as one of the great college basketball players. As a senior, Bias posted averages of 23.2 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 54.4 percent from the field. He was a consensus All-American in 1985 and 1986.

The Maryland Terrapins star's life ended tragically on June 19, 1986, of a cocaine overdose. He was 22 years old. At the time of his death, confusion and despair ruled the day, as was obvious from the original Washington Post story, filed on June 20, 1986.

Had he not met such an untimely death, Bias, who was born on Nov. 18, 1963, would have turned 50 years old today.

To touch on his basketball acumen, Bias had it all. Simple as that. Bias had unreal athleticism, he could hit the midrange shot and he protected the rim on defense. Questions will always linger about just how great Bias could have been, because he never reached his full potential.

To see Bias' game is to love it. Below are examples of his greatness at Maryland, his unreal athletic ability and his much-discussed matchups with Michael Jordan.

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