June 4, 2020

Bias, 22, made a profound, lasting impact

Christopher Lindsay

Prior to the beginning of this special, I was only somewhat familiar with the accomplishments of Len Bias, but more knowledgeable of his tragic death. I think it’s interesting how some people’s legacy is handcuffed to the manner in which they leave earth. I think the voices included in this piece did a phenomenal job of separating the tragedy and highlighting his tremendous talent and impact on the people around him. It was made clear that this man had what it took to be successful at the next level, and I think it’s a shame that he was never afforded the opportunity to do so. The most interesting thing I learned was the political impact that his death had. The possibility that certain government regulations that have marginalized several communities could’ve been prevented is frustrating. Jay Bilas also went as far as to say Bias’ death is reminiscent of JFK from his perspective. Being so far distanced from the time in which this happened, it’s hard to grasp the context, but I do have one comparison. I know that there are few connections aside from their reputation as exceptional basketball players and people, but this documentary evokes similar emotions to the death of Kobe Bryant. Both seemed to make the world pause and reflect. In my opinion, the passing of Kobe Bryant was the worst news in (my) sports history. I wonder how people that lived through both experiences would feel about that. At times, they’d speak so highly that I’d forget they were talking about a 22-year-old man. This operated as a reminder that young people can have a profound and lasting impact.

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