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Len Bias gone, but not forgotten

Len Bias just might be the most influential athlete of the 20th century -- and he never even played in an NBA game.

Updated: June 19, 2006, 4:05 PM ET
By Bomani Jones | Special to Page 2

Last summer I bought a Len Bias throwback jersey out of the back of a white Ford Tempo. Considering that throwbacks were going the way of Cross Colours and Hypercolor shirts, it was an odd purchase. But this was a white jersey with kelly green numbers, letters and trim. The Celtics jersey Bias never wore.

I had to have it. I just wasn't sure why.

Because of his premature death 20 years ago today, Bias has become a bit of a folk hero, particularly in his native D.C. Metro area. ...

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