NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 57

Maurice Lucas, who helped the Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA championship, died Sunday after a long battle with bladder cancer, the team announced. Playing alongside Bill Walton, Lucas averaged a team-high 20,2 points and grabbed 11,2 rebounds per game in 1976-1977. Walton named his son Luke after Lucas.
A five-time NBA All-Star, Lucas was an assistant coach with the Blazers for six seasons before leaving last year to undergo surgery. He did not return this season.
Lucas’ Number 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988. He also had his number retired by Marquette, the school he led to the 1974 NCAA championship game.

NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 57
Maurice Lucas.

Lucas played 14 pro seasons in the now defunct American Basketball Association and, after the 1976 merger, the NBA.
After joining Portland in 1976 he led the 1976-77 Blazers championship team in scoring with an average of 20,2 points with 11,2 rebounds. His jersey number 20 was retired by the Trail Blazers in 1988.
The five-time All-Star served as an assistant coach with Portland, but last year he left the team to undergo surgery and didn’t return to coaching this season.
In 12 NBA seasons with Portland, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle Lucas averaged 14,4 points and 8,8 rebounds.
Lucas is survived by his wife, Pamela, sons David and Maurice II and a daughter – Kristin.

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