HoopsHype John Lucas rumors

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The Utah Jazz were mere seconds away from losing their 46th game of the season 124-86 to the Houston Rockets on Monday night when John Lucas decided on a penultimate embarrassment for his team. Lucas stole the ball from the Rockets, who were letting the final five seconds of the clock run out, and went to score a basket. Why? Because then the Jazz would only have lost by 36. Except Utah didn’t score the layup. So as time expired, Lucas decided to push the Rockets’ Francisco Garcia and then challenge him to fisticuffs with a limp right jab that didn’t come near anyone. For The Win

February 10, 2014 Updates

Like many, John Lucas III was appalled when he found out Salt Lake City elementary school students had their lunches taken away and trashed a couple of weeks ago. Lucas called his agent and told him, “Hey, man, that’s not right.” Feeling annoyed and compassionate, Lucas decided to do some things that are very right. For one thing, Lucas is planning on making a financial contribution to help fund Uintah Elementary School’s lunch program. The NBA player, with a history of generosity and benevolent acts, also reached out to the family of one of the approximately 40 students whose meals were thrown in the garbage because of alleged insufficient funds in their school lunch accounts. Lucas bought Jazz jerseys for an 11-year-old, a parent and four friends and purchased tickets so they could attend last Monday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors. “I wanted them to enjoy the game because I know it’d been a rough couple of days for them,” Lucas said. “I just wanted them to forget about what was going on and just enjoy being a kid and not worrying about anything.” Deseret Morning News

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According to league sources with knowledge of the Wizards’ thinking, the team will seek out Eric Maynor, Beno Udrih and possibly John Lucas III as backup point guard options. Maynor, the former VCU standout, has averaged 4.5 points and three assists in four years with Utah, Oklahoma City and Portland. Udrih, a nine-year veteran, has averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 assists for San Antonio, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Orlando. Lucas, a former high school teammate of Okafor, became a free agent after Toronto declined to pick up his option. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists last season with the Raptors. Washington Post

June 29, 2013 Updates

John Lucas’ III time with the Toronto Raptors has come to an end. Lucas III will become a free agent on July 1 after the Raptors declined his contract option Friday. “Slightly surprised by Toronto’s decision but it is what it is,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee told sportsnet.ca. “Clearly it’s an interesting time for them. John enjoyed his time with the team and in the city and did his job and filled his role well. “(It) was obviously a challenging year for the entire group. From John being one of the leading scorers on the team in the pre-season to a difficult start to bouncing back to get himself up to sixth in the league in three-point shooting, it was an interesting year to say the least. He would have been even better in his second year back but it wasn’t meant to be.” SportsNet

June 24, 2013 Updates

As first posted by City League Hoops, and featured in the video above, Zaire Wade has emerged as one of the nation’s top fifth grade boys basketball players. The younger Wade completely tore apart the competition at the recent John Lucas Future of the Game camp and emerged as one of the most impressive young point guards on offer. Yahoo! Sports

May 20, 2013 Updates

Mike Rice is taking the first step toward rehabilitation by spending a month with basketball wellness guru John Lucas in Houston. Lucas told ESPN.com Monday that the former Rutgers coach is receiving anger management counseling and working with former college players who are going through Lucas’ pre-NBA draft camp. “He’s doing great,” Lucas told ESPN.com. “His attitude has been phenomenal and our kids live his intensity and his passion for the game. He’s happy to be having this chance to give back a little bit.” My Central Jersey

May 13, 2013 Updates

In Chicago, prospects will be measured, weighed and put through shooting and agility drills but will not play 5-on-5 games. Teams will also get a chance to interview players and set up visits to their respective cities. In order to prepare Ricky Ledo for the most important stretch of basketball in his life, he is working in Houston with legendary trainer/life coach John Lucas. Providence Journal

Lucas also runs a pre-draft workout group. Last year’s group included 16 of the 60 players that were selected. Among the players working with Ledo in Houston are Solomon Hill (Arizona), Zeke Marshall (Akron) and Elston Turner (Texas A&M). Lucas says what he does is tell talented, young players what they don’t want to hear. Providence Journal

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