Originally Posted by SilkkTheShocker
Why do people think this man would have still been the next best thing even if he didnt die that night? Do people overlook the fact he was a cocaine user? I h e never done the drug before, but it seems hard I believe be would have lived up to the "next Jordan" label as a cokehead.
Another thought-provoking post from one of ISH's esteemed posters.
Before making this post, did you try looking for information on how regularly Bias used the drug? How he often appeared to people who knew him? Was his behavior erratic? Did he seem healthy? Or did you even bother doing research on the drug? You've said that you've never used the drug, and your post seems to suggest that you're ignorant on it, so that's the least you could do.
There's a difference between using a drug once, a number of times or even every so often and being an addict(and I hate that term which forgets that everyone is still an individual who will be affected differently by drugs). An addict will rely on drugs daily, is there anything to suggest this was Len Bias?
We have no idea if Bias was addicted(well maybe some know one way or the other, but the OP doesn't), and even if he was, look at Chris Mullin. He went to a program for alcohol abuse and ended up having a great career.
And having sort of had experience with this particular drug and certainly the affects of it, I can say that cocaine in various forms affects your motor skills less than alcohol, which would be more similar to heroin if it's similar to any drug in terms of affects on balance and coordination.
Cocaine is a stimulant, so I can see athletes succeeding while using it, depending of course on how much and how often they use it, and how much it consumes their life.
And lets remember that this was in the 80's, the height of coke, many did it at parties, or on occasions and thought nothing of it. I'd be willing to bet money that there have been a number of successful athletes, especially from that era who used it.
When people talk about Bias, they often talk about his potential. Whether or not, he would have wasted it on drugs has nothing to do with how much potential he had as a basketball player. The same way someone like Greg Oden had all the potential in the world, but was derailed by injuries.