Tuesday, November 03, 2009

ESPN 30 for 30 - Without Bias

I watched Without Bias. This is the fifth film in ESPN's 30 for 30 series. It tells the story of Len Bias. Bias died from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected second overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft.

After providing a brief overview of his career, the story focuses on the three days leading up to his death. The story is told primarily through new interviews with his parents, siblings, former teammates, coaches and sportcasters. As a parent, the interviews with his parents are painful to watch.

This is my least favorite of the fifth installments of 30 for 30 so far. Although worth watching, the style of the film makes it a little slow; I kept checking to see how much time was left. I would have loved to have seen more footage of Bias playing basketball. I have heard several people claim that he would have been the Micheal Jordan of power forwards.

One of the interviewees in the film (Wilbon) talks about how a whole generation marks time by where they were when they heard Len Bias died. I definitely do not fall into that group.

An article that Bill Simmons wrote on Len Bias is here.

Without Bias is available in iTunes.

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