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(Grantland)   Grantland features an oral history of "The Greatest Team That Never Was," the 1980s Houston Rockets. Only three paragraphs until the obligatory Len Bias mention   (grantland.com) divider line 14
    More: Interesting, Len Bias, rockets, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale, Red Auerbach, Basketball Hall of Fame, athleticism, Ladies and gentlemen  
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2012-11-09 10:29:00 AM
I read this yesterday and found it really interesting, mainly because I was born in '86 and had no idea about most of that stuff. Basically all I knew was that the Rockets had Olajuwon and Sampson, made a Finals early in their careers, and fell off because Sampson couldn't stay healthy. I had never heard about the other guys and the drug suspensions.
 
2012-11-09 01:06:57 PM
Len Bias was a big deal. He was a great player who would have blended in with Boston nicely.
 
2012-11-09 01:07:11 PM
What's the matter subby? The Celtics did suffer a tremendous setback when Bias died and the story would have been incomplete without mentioning it. Amazingly, there are any number of people alive today who don't know who Len Bias was.
 
2012-11-09 01:13:58 PM

Prey4reign: What's the matter subby? The Celtics did suffer a tremendous setback when Bias died and the story would have been incomplete without mentioning it. Amazingly, there are any number of people alive today who don't know who Len Bias was.


And yet some of those people were probably put behind bars for breaking drug laws passed in the wake of his death.
 
2012-11-09 01:21:11 PM
Reports are saying Mike Browns career has gone the way of Len Bias
 
2012-11-09 01:37:17 PM
One of Grantland's strengths, these in depth articles from Jonathon Abrams. Really well done.
 
2012-11-09 01:51:19 PM
This one wasn't even written by Simmons.
 
2012-11-09 02:33:00 PM
It's obvious to everyone that Len Bias was a sure fire 1st ballot hall of famer, despite never having played a game in the NBA. I mean, how many can't miss prospects ever miss? The answer? None. Never in the history of pro sports has an unproven rookie ever failed to live up to the hype. Len Bias was going to obliterate every record ever and extend the 80s Celtic dynasty for 15 more years. Look at the players drafted around him, all legends in their own right: Brad Daugherty. Chris Washburn. Chuck Person. Kenny Walker. William Bedford. Roy Tarpley. He would've fit right in with that murder's row. His place among the greats was pretty much etched in stone from the time he was drafted, as no top 5 pick in history ever failed to make the HOF. So sad.
 
2012-11-09 02:37:07 PM
As a Rockets fan who fell in love with the team and the sport in the 80's, that might have been one of the best things I've ever come across on Grantland. I forgot how good that team was, how awesome it was to see the Lakers lose (and Michael Cooper lying on the ground like a biatch), how much it hurt when they lost to the better Celtics and how sad it was when the whole thing fell apart.
 
2012-11-09 03:23:57 PM
The article briefly mentions but doesn't really talk about those sad sad years after it cratered and you could just hear the clock ticking on Hakeem's career playing with the likes of Sleepy Floyd. And then a miracle happened. Then it happened again.
 
2012-11-10 02:26:36 AM
I'm more shocked Ralph Sampson is in the HOF, wasnt he average most of his career? I remember most people thinking he was just a distraction for akeem.
 
2012-11-10 03:15:48 AM
A story involving the 86 Celtics, the NBA drafts of the mid-80s and a team falling apart due to cocaine and they *still* find a way to mention Len Bias? Inconceivable!
 
2012-11-10 03:30:13 AM

steamingpile: I'm more shocked Ralph Sampson is in the HOF, wasnt he average most of his career? I remember most people thinking he was just a distraction for akeem.


It's the basketball hall of fame not the NBA hall of fame. He gets in based on college alone.
 
2012-11-10 04:56:18 AM
The Rockets should have drafted Jordan and fired Fitch. Jordan and Sampson and a real coach would have a string of championship rings. (Well, I guess Jordan actually has those rings anyway...)
 
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