In 1986, the Celtics selected Len Bias, a power forward out of Maryland, with the second overall pick in the NBA draft. Bias had compiled over 2,100 points and 740 rebounds in college, was viewed as an NBA-ready force, and was supposed to inject some youth into an aging Celtics roster.
Bias never got the chance to don a Celtics’ uniform, however, as he died from a cocaine overdose just two days after being drafted.
The Celtics suffered another loss early in the 2006-2007 season, when longtime coach and president Red Auerbach died of a heart attack at age 89. The Celtics honored Auerbach’s memory throughout the season, wearing a commemorative patch on their uniforms and eventually naming their home court the “Red Auerbach Parquet Floor.”
But perhaps the most infamous Celtics’ tragedy came right before the 1993-94 season. After serving as a member of the C’s for six years and making his first All-Star squad in 1992, this Northeastern product tragically died of cardiac arrest.
Do you know which Celtic passed away while practicing in the 1993 offseason?
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