Len Bias started promisingly as an athlete and basketball player at an early stage.
In high school, he was a good basketball player – not great.But good.
He attended the University of Maryland.In Maryland, he experienced a late bloom as an athlete.
He grew, got stronger, got faster, jumped higher, shot better, got more rebounds.
Every value went up.
He was a different player.
Although he was a nice person in real life, he developed a fighting aura on the field that was ready to destroy his opponents.His fiery competitive spirit carried him even further.
With his improved skills and physical ability and competitive attitude, he became one of the best college players in the country.Frequently 1 vs. 1 with Jordan, who played for UNC:
When the NBA scouts began to circle, the prospect of him becoming a pro was obvious.
It would be the realization of a dream, the chance to do what he loved for his career.
And above all, the opportunity to give his low-income family a better life and to buy his mother a new house outside the ghetto.
On June 17, 1986, Len was named No. 2 in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics:
It came with a multimillion-dollar contract and guaranteed sponsorship deals.
He returned to the University of Maryland and began celebrating with his teammates.
While he was with his teammates, they began sniffing cocaine until he took a lethal dose and brought his heart to a halt.
He was pronounced dead that day.
Everything became scarce because he was carried away by his friends.
His mother carries his name on:
Become a public speaker on the dangers of drug use.
And although I know that Len’s family hardly cared about the loss of money in the face of the loss of their son, Len probably never wanted to go so fast and leave his family to waste.
He had the golden card, the security and the way out of poverty and unfortunately made a fatal mistake that any young person could have made.
Bias became a cautionary tale for children of my generation, to which my parents even referred when they warned about drug use.
Your body does not always give you a second chance or warning.
So don’t assume you’re getting one.