For Boston sports fans, two really horrible things happened in 1986.
Most everyone recalls the baseball that rolled through Bill Buckner’s legs in October. But in June, just a couple days after the NBA draft, which itself was just a couple days after another Celtics championship, their first round pick Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose.
Somehow or another the great Celtics GM Red Auerbach always managed to bilk some team in a trade. Despite being the best team in the league, the Cetics, already stacked with talent, had the second pick in the entire draft. They used that pick on Bias, a 6′ 9″ forward from the University of Maryland.
Because that ’86 Championship was the last the Celtics would see for a long while, many Boston fans contended that if only they had Len Bias there would have been a few more. The refrain seemed to last…
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