Maurice Lucas was an American professional basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association.
14 Facts About Maurice Lucas
Maurice Lucas was a four-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977.
Maurice Lucas began his pro career with two years in the ABA with the Spirits of St Louis and Kentucky Colonels.
Maurice Lucas then played twelve seasons in the NBA with the Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knickerbockers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle SuperSonics.
In 1974, Maurice Lucas was selected by the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association with the 14th pick of the NBA draft.
Maurice Lucas chose the ABA over the NBA, joining the Spirits of St Louis team, which had since supplanted the Carolina Cougars in the ABA.
On December 17,1975, part way through his second season with the Spirits, Maurice Lucas was traded to the Kentucky Colonels in exchange for Caldwell Jones.
In that NBA Finals series, Maurice Lucas asserted his "enforcer" role in Game 2.
Maurice Lucas remained with Portland until 1980 when he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Calvin Natt.
In Phoenix, Maurice Lucas helped an injury-plagued Suns team reach the Western Conference Finals in 1984.
On Wednesday, December 4,1985, Maurice Lucas made a 60-foot shot at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Maurice Lucas was named to the 1978 All-NBA-Defense First team, the 1978 All-NBA Second team and the 1979 All-NBA-Defense Second team.
In 2005, Maurice Lucas rejoined the Trail Blazers as an assistant coach under Nate McMillan.
Maurice Lucas died at his home in Portland, Oregon, on October 31,2010.