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Recounting his memories about the pair, former Sacramento Kings scorer Walt Williams heaped praise on Bias and even reckoned that the late former college basketball prodigy was indeed “a little bit ahead” of Jordan in terms of overall skills. “I know certainly either we would have been talking about him [Bias] as the greatest of all time, or Jordan would be on an even different level,” Williams recently told Basketball Network. “I think those guys certainly would have pushed each other to the max. The thing about Len Bias when you compare him to Michael Jordan, I think he was a little bit ahead of Michael when they were in college with his skillset.” “The jump shot that Bias had that was just the prettiest thing you could ever see,” he added. “He could defend multiple positions; he was a kind of a hybrid of how you see the game played now. And that’s the tragedy of not seeing a Len Bias. I think the game would have gravitated to where it is much quicker.”
Walt Williams: “I know certainly either we would have been talking about him(Bias) as the greatest of all time, or Jordan would be on an even different level. I think those guys certainly would have pushed each other to the max. The thing about Len Bias when you compare him to Michael Jordan, I think he was a little bit ahead of Michael when they were in college with his skillset.”
“I wouldn’t be here without John Thompson,” Williams, a Notre Dame graduate, said on Monday morning. “He was a hero for us. We had our parents, and we had Len Bias, and Len died. And then we had John Thompson. “He was the first, along with Coach [John] Chaney, who stood up and said, ‘That’s wrong.’ They were offended when people tried to put them into a different class, and it gave me confidence to not put up with stuff that I knew was wrong. He taught Black kids to believe that they were valuable, and the athletes among us then knew that he was talking about us too.”
This millennium, Prince George’s County, Maryland — a relatively small, mostly African American enclave just east of Washington D.C. — has sent more than 25 players to the NBA. That collection of talent has included one No. 1 overall pick and three players selected second overall; an unusual occurrence that can’t be limited to or be explained by one common link. “Basketball County: It’s In the Water,” is a documentary that debuts Friday on Showtime and attempts to break down what makes PG County the home for so much basketball talent, including Oladipo, Cook, Michael Beasley, Markelle Fultz, Adrian Dantley, Jeff Green, Marissa Coleman, the late Len Bias and, of course, the most accomplished player to emerge from the area, Kevin Durant.
Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures has the documentary, called “In the Water”, listed as still in development on its website. With players like Durant, University of Maryland legend Len Bias, and Pacers all-star guard Victor Oladipo all coming from the same place, this will surely be a must-watch. Markelle Fultz, Jeff Green, Quinn Cook, and Ty Lawson are also some of the better known local products to make it in the NBA. The documentary will air on Showtime.
My worst moment of the weekend occurred as I staked out the Bias home, feeling like a thief waiting to strike or a guy in a raincoat staring into a window. And that was before I spotted a National Enquirer reporter hiding in a tree with a long-lens camera. Covering sports has never been exactly like covering cotillions, but the guy in the tree made me nauseous about our information-gathering techniques. “That’s it,” I said to my photographer. “I don’t care if Bias’ parents do show. I gotta get outta here.” At one point we thought we had spotted Bias’ gray Datsun 300ZX being hitched up to be taken to police impoundment. It was in that vehicle that they eventually found, as the investigator put it, “white granules caked together in a chunk about the size of a bar of soap.” It was coke. But as we advanced warily upon the car, looking like two members of the bomb squad, it turned out not to be Bias’.