Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy is a multi-part series about the legacy of former Maryland basketball star Len Bias and the importance of making the right decision. Bias, a two-time player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, was picked number two by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft. Two days later he was dead from complications of a cocaine overdose. The death greatly impacted federal drug legislation, criminal justice reform, athletics at the University of Maryland, the NBA, friends and family, and Black culture. His legacy resonates even today. The series will stress the importance of making the right decision. It is based on the book "Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias."
Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy: The Interviews - Johnny Holliday
53:00Maryland radio sportscaster Johnny Holliday remembers Len Bias and shares the stories of his unique relationship with Len and his family before and after his death including a personal request from Lonise Bias for Johnny to sing at Len's service. Johnny is interviewed by Dave Ungrady, Don Markus, and Rich Daniel. Johnny appears across the podcast series and is featured across multiple episodes and highlight clips.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Interviews - Bob Ryan
41:09Former Boston Globe sports journalist Bob Ryan is interviewed by producers Don Markus and Dave Ungrady in relation to his coverage of the team during and after the draft of Len Bias. Bob speaks to the immediate reaction of the team to Len's death, and what it would have meant to have Bias as a Celtic. Bob Ryan has been described as "the quintessential American sportswriter" and a basketball guru, and is well known for his coverage of the NBA and in particular the Boston Celtics. Episode 9 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - From Dynasty to Drought: How the Death of Len Bias Impacted the Celtics and the NBA goes into further detail on the impact of Bias's death to the Boston Celtics.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Interviews - Friends and Family
11:29As June 19th marks the anniversary of Len Bias's tragic death, we hear from Len's teammates and his mother Lonise Bias on their immediate reaction to hearing Len was in the hospital and that he had passed away. More on the full story of the death of Len Bias and timeline of events surrounding the tragedy can be found in Ep 4 "His Final Hours" of this podcast series.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Interviews - Jay Bilas
37:55The Interviews series continues with Don Markus interviewing ESPN broadcaster, former Duke Blue Devil, and attorney Jay Bilas. Jay played against Len his entire career in the ACC and offers a unique perspective on his death and the impact that it had on him and society at large. His viewpoint is shared in many episodes of the series including Ep 4 on Len's untimely death and Episode 8 where he shares his viewpoint on mandatory sentencing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Interviews - Dorothy Gaines
33:15The podcast series continues with new episodes by releasing the full length interviews from the series. The first interview episode is with Dorothy Gaines. Dorothy is an example of the cruel and harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws introduced following the death of Len Bias. Dorothy recounts her story with executive produce Dave Ungrady. Dorthy featured prominently in Episode 8 where the series profiled her and others whose lives were turned upside down by mandatory sentencing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Epilogue Pt 3 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Importance of Making the Right Decision
52:56Chris Spetzler, Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation along with Olympic and legendary track star Justin Gatlin, who opens up and shares the importance of good and bad decision making and how it has affected Justin's career in track and field and what those decisions have led to in Justin's life, with podcast producer Dave Ungrady.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Epilogue Pt 2 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Importance of Making the Right Decision
52:24Chris Spetzler, Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation along with basketball coach Glen Farello and former Maryland basketball star Travis Garrison discuss the importance of good and bad decision making and how it has affected their careers in sports, with podcast producer Dave Ungrady.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Epilogue Pt 1 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - The Importance of Making the Right Decision
40:34Chris Spetzler, Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation along with two students Zach and Ben discuss the importance of good decision making and how it has helped them choose the right path for their lives, with podcast producer Dave Ungrady.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ep 13 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - Cultural Catalyst - The Impact of the Bias Legacy On American Culture.
58:50In life, Len Bias was a transformative basketball player. In death, he’s a cautionary tale and an iconic symbol of poor decision making. Len Bias is also a cultural catalyst. In this episode, Len’s story and legacy are juxtaposed with those of many important figures in American cultural history…Emmit Till’s traumatic tale, and racial injustice. The tragic young death of rapper Biggie Smalls…The black folklore fable of John Henry. His legacy is addressed in contemporary black writings, including by acclaimed poet Reginald Dwayne Betts and Justin Tinsley. Songs have been written about Bias. And a play used his story to teach youth about the perils of drug abuse. All this, in the last narrative episode of this podcast series. About the Narrator: John Salley - John Salley is an American former professional basketball player, talk show host, and actor. He was the first player in NBA history to win championships with three franchises, as well as the first player in the NBA to win a championship in three different decades.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ep 12 - Len Bias: A Mixed Legacy - Fame and Honor: A Struggle to Accecpt the Legacy of Len Bias
1:04:25How do you define the legacy of a universally endeared and admired basketball player when he goes and throws it all away? How can you honor a young man whose youthful indiscretion placed the University of Maryland into a tailspin that lasted for almost a decade? How can a fan salute his vast achievements without acknowledging how his choice wreaked havoc on the world around him? Those questions are answered in this episode. This is the fifth episode of seven in section three of the series, focusing on the main aspects of Len’s legacy. About the narrator: Kevin Sheehan is a University of Maryland alumnus and is the host of the podcast, the Kevin Sheehan Show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.