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Without Bias (2009)

Len Bias (original title)
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From Legend to Tragedy. The name of former University of Maryland basketball superstar and Boston Celtics draft pick Len Bias still provokes powerful, and immediate responses, more than 20 years after his death.


Kirk Fraser
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Credited cast:
Marion Barry Jr. ... Himself - Fmr. Mayor of Washington D.C. 1979-1991, 1995-1999
Jeff Baxter ... Himself - Teammate, Maryland 1982-86
Eric Bias Eric Bias ... Himself - Len Bias' Brother
James Bias James Bias ... Himself - Len Bias' Father
Jay Bias Jay Bias ... Himself (archive footage)
Len Bias Len Bias ... Himself (archive footage)
Lonise Bias Lonise Bias ... Herself - Len Bias' Mother
Kevin Blackistone Kevin Blackistone ... Himself - Sport Journalist / Author
James Brown ... Himself (Sport Journalist)
Steve Buckhantz Steve Buckhantz ... Himself (Sport Journalist)
Pat Collins Pat Collins ... Himself - WRC NBC 4 News Reporter
Derrick Curry Derrick Curry ... Himself - Victim of Mandatory Minimums
Johnny Dawkins Johnny Dawkins ... Himself - Stanford Men's Basketball Coach
Charles 'Lefty' Driesell Charles 'Lefty' Driesell ... Himself - Coach, Maryland Basketball 1969-86
Michael Eric Dyson ... Himself - Author / Professor


From Legend to Tragedy. The name of former University of Maryland basketball superstar and Boston Celtics draft pick Len Bias still provokes powerful, and immediate responses, more than 20 years after his death. The most ambitious, comprehensive and uncompromising account of Bias' life and death is revealed in an explosive documentary, featuring interviews with his closest teammates, friends and family. For the first time, we hear first-hand accounts of what transpired during Bias' final hours from those who were with him at the time of his death. His heartbreaking fall from grace changed the game forever...on the court, where many considered him to be Michael Jordan's closest rival...and in the courtroom, where generations continue to face the harsh punishment of the nation's drug policies that were influenced by his controversial death. Len Bias is a must-see chronicling of how one man's meteoric rise to fame was derailed by a fatal decision that still echoes throughout sports and ... Written by Bardley, Sam

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The Legend you know, the Story you didn't









Release Date:

24 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Without Bias See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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May 3rd Films See more »
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8 December 2012 | by hkane18See all my reviews

ESPN is at it again – constantly looking at the world of sports in a new light. In this case, Len Bias and what could have been for this NBA draft pick.

Two days after being drafted to the Boston Celtics as a second round draft pick, Len Bias overdoses on cocaine and dies before ever playing an official NBA game. This film tugs at the heartstrings of sports lovers and shows the dangers of many players who get involved in the wrong side of sports.

Frasier interviews former teammates, former coaches, and relatives of Len Bias, all saying the same thing, "what could have been?" Their commentary allows audiences to truly feel their loss and answers some questions about why Bias was even involved with drugs in the first place. However, out of this tragedy comes hope.

Bias' death forced congress to pass new legislation about drugs and demanded coaches provided more rules for contracts and players. Not only are their new rules in place for players, but also severe consequences.

This documentary is definitely a 5 out of 5. This opened my eyes to a whole other side of basketball that I had no idea existed. Depressing at times, but has an over all good message – don't do drugs.

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