Never Too Young to Die: The Death of Len Bias

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A biography of the Maryland basketball superstar with emphasis on the events that led to his death from cocaine.

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A biography of the Maryland basketball superstar with emphasis on the events that led to his death from cocaine.

A biography of the Maryland basketball superstar with emphasis on the events that led to his death from cocaine.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bias, a basketball star at the University of Maryland, was drafted by the Boston Celtics of the NBA in 1986; within a day, he was dead of a cocaine overdose. His death was followed by an attempted cover-up by university officials and the revelation that little was demanded academically of athletes at the school. Cole, who teaches screenwriting at Columbia and has written two books on basketball, here covers the Bias case, frequently attempting to create drama where none existed. The book, however, takes on significance as the author probes social structure and racism. He focuses on conditions in Washington, D.C., where the Bias family lived in an outlying suburb, and at the nearby College Park campus of the University of Maryland, tracing the history of cocaine and crack to show how drugs are undermining the black community. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Len Bias was the number one draft pick by the NBA's Boston Celtics in 1986. Twenty-four hours after signing a million-dollar contract, he was dead of a drug overdose. More a true crime narrative than a sports biography, the story of this tragedy is divided into three sections: a detailed account of the events leading to Bias's death, a description of the police investigation that followed, and a recounting of the trial of Brian Tribble, a friend of Bias's accused of supplying the deadly cocaine. A harrowing tale from which no one emerges unscathed, neither Bias himself, nor Tribble, nor Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell, nor, ultimately, society itself.-- Jo DeLapo, Queens Lib., New York
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394564401
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/1989
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 252

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