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#1 BSLSethBondroff

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:11 PM

Obviously, you guys are all focused on the tourney (rightly so), but I found this today...enjoy when you get a chance. Len Bias' last college game.

 

 


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:18 PM

I wonder what Bias really would have been in the NBA. Obviously, the closest thing to Jordan hype is likely just that. Big bodied SF but doesnt look overly fluid or quick for his size. Not a great handle. Not a great post game. 



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:21 PM

I wonder what Bias really would have been in the NBA. Obviously, the closest thing to Jordan hype is likely just that. Big bodied SF but doesnt look overly fluid or quick for his size. Not a great handle. Not a great post game. 

I always wondered too. He'd have learned so much from McHale and Bird that he might have ended up an absolute monster! 

 

Blake Griffin might be a decent comp actually if I had to pick someone today. 


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:22 PM

Best case scenario is he Karl Malone or a poor mans Karl Malone?? Malone was a 6'9( probably 6'7 or 6'8 )big bodied power forward with a good jumper. Good pick and roll guy. 



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:24 PM

Best case scenario is he Karl Malone or a poor mans Karl Malone?? Malone was a 6'9( probably 6'7 or 6'8 )big bodied power forward. 

Nah, Bias was a much better shooter, but not even close to Malone inside. 

 

A young Kevin Garnett maybe? 


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:25 PM

I always wondered too. He'd have learned so much from McHale and Bird that he might have ended up an absolute monster! 

 

Blake Griffin might be a decent comp actually if I had to pick someone today. 

Griffin is likely more athletic but I see it. I like the poor man Malone comp. 



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:26 PM

Nah, Bias was a much better shooter, but not even close to Malone inside. 

 

A young Kevin Garnett maybe? 

Malone wasnt a big post up guy. He rolled and popped off that pick so often. Then again that was the offense they ran around him. I like the comp. 

 

 

 

Bias was obviously never going to be the defender Garnett was. Maybe offensively. 



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:27 PM



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:32 PM

There was this article that tries to use stats from NCAA to translate. they have him as a poor mans Worthy. He certainly could have ended up only being a solid regular. So hard to know, but I dont think these NCAA to NBA numbers tell you much of  anything. 

 

 

 

http://www.basketbal...om/blog/?p=4011

 

 

 

Que up DJ telling us he definitely would have been a poor mans Worthy. 


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:35 PM

A poor man's Worthy...that's interesting. Never considered that. 

 

Good stuff.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:04 PM

What they did to Lefty was BS. Bias' unforgivable crime wasn't that he used cocaine, it was that he died from it. Painful memories.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 02:38 AM

He would've been great. There's no need to quantify it further.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 03:37 PM

Those of you that have never seen Bias play...WATCH THIS GAME...I know it's 2 hours, but I'm telling you, WATCH THIS GAME

 

 


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 11:59 AM

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 12:51 PM

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This the "JFK Moment"  (The Challenger as well) for many of our generation. Will never forget my Mother telling me, and I was just positive she was wrong..."Are you sure it wasn't James Bias, his Father"? I said it at least 3 times before I turned on the TV. I might have even had her convinced that she heard wrong. This was long before ESPN showed Sportscenter around the clock, so I remember waiting for what seemed like hours (it was probably 5 minutes) to see if it was true. 


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Posted 19 June 2016 - 11:15 PM

I remember it vividly too. It was the start of summer vacay before my senior year of HS. Was watching The Price is Right that morning (Bob F-ing Barker!) and they did one of those, "We interrupt this broadcast...." things. Before the news anchor even came on screen, a feeling rushed over me, like I knew it was going to be something really bad. That one was really tough for me.



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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:49 AM

Today's the 32nd anniversary of Bias's death.  June 19, 1986.



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Posted 19 June 2018 - 11:59 AM

32 years wow...time really does fly by.

 

I remember the day well.  I had worked a night job, and went up to the Old Bel Loc Diner and got breakfast.   There was a radio on tuned to WBAL and people were gathered around it.  I thought it had to be a reporting mistake at first.  

 

Still makes me sad to think about it.


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Posted 22 June 2018 - 02:51 PM


Best case scenario is he Karl Malone or a poor mans Karl Malone?? Malone was a 6'9( probably 6'7 or 6'8 )big bodied power forward with a good jumper. Good pick and roll guy.

Malone is a HOFer but he wasn’t half the player Bias could’ve become. Malone couldn’t shoot as well as Bias or handle the ball anywhere other than on a fast break. Bias was also more explosive off the bounce than Malone.. I watched every televised game that Bias played at Maryland. Bias was so good that he had Larry Bird salivating at the prospects of playing with him in Boston. CBS March Madness color commentator Set Davis called Len Bias a “bigger, stronger and better shooter than Michael Jordan.” I saw them both play on TV and I agree.
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Posted 22 June 2018 - 03:57 PM

For the what-if aficionados:

 

How good could the Celtics have been throughout the 90s had two players with MD roots (Bias and Reggie Lewis) not tragically died? Could they have challenged Jordan's Bulls? Or the Bad Boys Pistons before them? Or would they have been among the second-tier in the East, with the Knicks and Magic?






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