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RIP Maurice Lucas

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by secretariat, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    Arguably the greatest Trail Blazer, depending on how you feel about Bill Walton or Clyde Drexler, dead at 58. Fuck you, cancer.

    EDIT: Here's the link ... http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5751059
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    One of the top examples of an ABA star (former St. Louis Spirits player) being at least as much of a star in the NBA. A bad-ass power forward. R.I.P.
  4. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I remember the ABA retro T-shirts that were out a few years ago. Wish I'd picked up a Spirits of St. Louis shirt. That was one bad-ass team.

    RIP, Maurice.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, when St. Louis absorbed the defunct Utah franchise, the Spirits picked up Moses Malone and Ron Boone to go with Freddie Lewis. But unfortunately, Maurice Lucas had already been traded to Kentucky. Mo and Moses would have been an awesome combo.

    Edited to fix my remembrance fail.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Mo spent some time in with the Nets shortly after the merger. Great player and a good guy as well.
    very sad news
  7. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Wasn't he also a really good tennis player or am I thinking of some other basketball player who played in World Team Tennis in the 70's?
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    You're thinking of John Lucas (no relation), the guard from Maryland.
  9. Jesus_Muscatel

    Jesus_Muscatel Active Member

    RIP "The Enforcer."

    Maurice Lucas knew his role, and did it well.
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    RIP. Also one of Marquette's greatest players.
  11. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    It was a Maurice Lucas shot at the buzzer that inspired this great photo.


    That's Al McGuire on the scorer's table and the man giving him the one-finger salute is the father of Kim and Kerry Hughes, twin 7-footers that played at Wisconsin. Yes, he's the same Kim Hughes who finished last season as the Clippers' interim coach.

    Lucas' shot won the championship game of the old Milwaukee Classic, which used to be co-hosted by Wisconsin and Marquette in the old Milwaukee Arena. The normal format seemed to be to bring in two patsie teams and then have Wisconsin and Marquette whip them and meet in the tournament final.

    Great times. Even though UW basketball was not anywhere near the program it is now, that tournament final was almost always a really good game.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    You hear about a cancer diagnosis these days and you are a lot more hopeful than in the past - which makes news like this that much more sad.
    RIP Mo.
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