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Monday, November 01, 2010

Marquette great Maurice Lucas, the Enforcer - dead at 58 - updated with more articles


Maurice Lucas, one of the greatest Warriors ever to play basketball at Marquette University, died Sunday at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.

Lucas played for Marquette for two seasons, 1972-73 and 1973-74, helping the Warriors to their first NCAA championship game appearance in 1974. The Warriors lost to North Carolina State that year, and Lucas left to play professionally in the ABA with the Spirits of St. Louis.

In 1977, he helped lead the Portland Trailblazers to the NBA championship by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. In that series, Lucas' role as enforcer was center stage for all to see, as he and Darryl Dawkins were involved in a major bench clearing ball. Lucas refused to back down to Dawkins or the Sixers, instilling the team with the courage needed to take home the title.

Lucas was a four-time NBA All-Star and was named as one of the top 30 players in ABA history. Bill Walton later stated that Maurice Lucas was the GREATEST PORTLAND TRAILBLAZER who ever lived. He named his son, Luke Walton, after Lucas.

Maurice Lucas is remembered in many publications today --


Jack Ramsey opines on the Intimidator

The original Cool Hand Luke

GoMarquette.com pays tribute to Lucas

Fox 12 News in Portland

Remembering Maurice Lucas...Yahoo Sports

NY Times....Maurice Lucas, Bruising Forward dies at 58

CBS Sports....Video of the brawl from 1977 NBA Finals

Oregon Live....some great insights into Lucas

Nate McMillan remembers Maurice Lucas

NBA.com remembers Maurice Lucas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Maurice Lucas

Charlie Pierce provides a unique perspective into Lucas

The Oregonian says, Maurice Lucas will be missed, but his legacy will endure.

Pro statistics

updated: Pierce article; Oregonian article

1 comment:

Championships Matter said...

One of the greatest Warriors ever. He was fun to watch, especially in our "Made for Color TV" uniforms. Just seeing Maurice Lucas -- the strong arms and intense looks -- struck fear in the hearts of our opponents.

Maurice -- we'll miss you.