Without Bias – a film on how drugs ruined a great basketball player (VIDEO)


len-biasLen Bias (1963-1986) was a first team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland. He was selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft on June 17.

Bias was 6-8 forward, who could play inside, as well as outside. He is considered by some sportswriters to be one of the greatest players not to play at the professional level.

He battled Michael Jordan in college, and was getting ready to play alongside Larry Bird in the NBA. Two days after being drafted by the Celtics, Bias died from cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose. Jordan and Bird were the first ones to send flowers to Bias’ house, paying their respect.

Bias never made it to the NBA, and this documentary reveals not just how he was “going up the ladder”, but also features interviews with his family member, former teammates, friends, and other people.

This film about Bias’s life, directed by Kirk Fraser, was promoted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and was released June 19, 2009. The documentary “Without Bias” premiered on ESPN on November 3, 2009, as part of their 30 for 30 documentary series, commemorating the network’s 30th anniversary. Check it out below.
 

 

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