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Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
 
Maurice Lucas, power forward for the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers, passed away at age 58 on Sunday. Posted by Ben Golliver maurice-lucas Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazer power forward Maurice Lucas passed away on Sunday. Lucas, a four-time NBA and one-time ABA all star in a career that spanned 14 years and eight teams, had battled cancer for a number of years. Lucas will be remembered, particularly in Portland, as one of the league's great enforcers. In a small town that often feels picked on by the country's larger cities, Lucas reached heroic heights, as he never shied away from contact or conflict.  Lucas famously got into it with Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins during Game 2 of the 1977 NBA Finals, and many believe the incident turned the series in Portland's favor. The Blazers went on to defeat the Sixers 4-2, winning what is still the only championship in franchise history.  Here's video of the fight, courtesy of patvilhauer on YouTube . For this combination of fearlessness and ultimate success, Lucas will stand as one of Portland's most beloved professional athletes for decades to come. Former Blazers center and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Lucas's teammate on the 1977 title team, recently called Lucas "the greatest Portland Trail Blazer of all time ." Walton also named his son, Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton, in honor of Lucas. Lucas began his career in the ABA, but was drafted by Portland when the league folded. After a four-year stint in Portland, Lucas went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle SuperSonics. He then closed his career in Portland in 1988, and shifted into an assistant coaching role the following season. More recently, Lucas served as an assistant coach under Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, starting in 2005. He primarily focused on developing Portland's big men both physically and mentally, calling on his playing experience to tutor players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden. Cancer forced him from the bench multiple times, and Lucas was unable to return for the 2010-2011 season. His No. 20 jersey has been retired by the Blazers and it hangs in the Rose Garden rafters.  Maurice Lucas was 58 years old.
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Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:32 am
 

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

he was always hustle'n full speed and fearless loved watching him play no matter what team he played on he atracted your attention and  as a young budding 10 year old in 77' he caught mine!



Since: Oct 31, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:01 am
 

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke!



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:16 pm
 

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

Rest in peace Luke. Walton was right. You are the greatest Blazer of all time and always will be.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

What a sad loss it is.  He was a super player.  You did not want to mess with him. 


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