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Len Bias: What he could have done in Green.


      With the second overall pick in the 1986 draft the Boston Celtics select All American Len Bias out of Maryland! Say that again. The NBA champion Boston Celtics with Red Auerbach at the helm get Len Bias to go with the Big 3, Danny and DJ!!! Back to back champions is what fans saw coming their way.  Fans also saw the next great Celtic who would not only win rings with the Big 3, but probably challenge Jordan and the Bulls in the East. 

      Len Bias was a true talent He had amazing leaping ability and his physical stature was a force. He was incredibly dynamic and was compared to Michael Jordan. With what basketball fans were able to witness watching MJ, if Len came even close to that the Celtics would have won several more titles. In 87 when the Celtics dealt with injuries, imagine Bias on that team and what he could have done. Yes Banner 17 would come in those 87 Finals over the Lakers. 

     "What if " is a question plenty of Celtics fans wonder about. Who says the Celtics couldn't have withstood the surge of Pistons in the late 80s. Maybe no Bad Boys titles?! Just imagine if Bias had become MJ-like, the battles those two could have had are mind blowing. Does that 91 Celtics team challenge the Bulls? Yes the Big 3 were older but still great. Not to mention Reggie Lewis and his emergence during those years. Do we see the Bulls 3 peat? Is it a Celtics Bulls rivalry that carries the 90s? Even the later 90s? Jordan and Pippen vs Bias and Lewis?! 

     Banner 17 would have come so much sooner, along with many other titles! Plus there never would have been the Pitino debacle. Lenny's number 30 would be hanging in the Garden along with an induction at the Basketball Hall of Fame to follow. Unfortunately two days after being drafted Len died of a cocaine overdose. A sad page in the history of the Boston Celtics. For those of you who saw Lenny play, what are your thoughts? 

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