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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Len Bias was ripped


(Joel Richardson - The Washington Post)
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Len Bias’s last game with Maryland. That game — a 70-64 loss to UNLV in the NCAA tournament’s second round — left the Terps with a familiar-sounding 19-14 record.

“The season is over,” Bias said, in Sally Jenkins’s WaPo game story. “People keep asking me how I feel. The season’s over. How am I supposed to feel?”

Within the next few days, Bias would finish third in the UPI national player of the year balloting (behind Walter Berry and Johnny Dawkins), and fourth in the AP’s voting (also behind Kenny Walker). He would also be linked to the Washington Bullets during draft speculation.

“I’d love to have Lenny Bias,” Abe Pollin told The Post. “Lenny Bias would be fantastic to have here; he’s a great talent. I would very much consider a trade to give us a chance to get Lenny Bias, very much so, and Mr. Ferry knows that. I think he’s a great player....Obviously being from the area, I think he’d be a tremendous asset for our franchise.”

“I spoke to him this morning and he was overjoyed at the prospect of staying in the area,” his agent, Lee Fentress, said. “He’d love to play in Washington. It’d be marvelous.”

And so on. There will be plenty of similar flashbacks over the next few weeks as the 25th anniversary of his draft and his death approach. Sports Illustrated got things started with a gallery of rare Bias photos this week.

One of the photos — seen above — was by the great Post photographer Joel Richardson. Kind of makes you stare, doesn’t it?

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