HoopsHype John Lucas rumors

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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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The only ringing Blatche heard was his his alarm clock jolting him out of an unfamiliar bed in an unfamiliar condo in an unfamiliar city. He was up by 8 a.m. each day and at 8:30 sharp, Blatche stepped into Houston’s sticky morning air to see John Lucas waiting for him. Lucas, ex-NBA player and coach, is a former drug addict who has guided numerous players back on the straight and narrow. He wanted to help the 6-foot-11, one-time prodigy rescue the career he’s dragging through the gutter. “I met him our last home game in D.C.,” Blatche said. “We had a meeting and he talked to me and said, ‘listen, I’ve been where you’re at right now.’ Basically that I can help you, get your body back right, and get your game tuned up to get you back playing. I believed him basically.” NBA.com

October 2, 2012 Updates

And about that weight problem? “That was a major effect with Washington -- the weight problem. So I took the summer as a big, big, big commitment. I started working out there with John Lucas in Houston to lose weight, to get back in shape, so I can come here and be ready.” New York Daily News

September 6, 2012 Updates

Late Thursday afternoon, John Lucas tweeted his congratulations to Andray Blatche for signing with the Nets. Lucas who's served as Lucas' mentor this off-season tweeted, "Congrats to @drayblatche for signing with the @brooklynnets!" The message was retweeted by Marc Stein among others. NetsDaily

September 5, 2012 Updates

Free agency is all but over in the NBA, yet there are still a few players out there trying to find a home before the start of training camp. Among them is Andray Blatche, who is in Houston working out with John Lucas as he prepares for his next NBA gig. His most recent meeting was with the Brooklyn Nets. Blatche talks with HOOPSWORLD about his breakup with the Washington Wizards, how John Lucas is helping him, his chances of landing with the Nets and more in this exclusive interview: HoopsWorld

August 19, 2012 Updates

To that end, Blatche’s mother, Angela Oliver, helped facilitate a connection with John Lucas, who is based in Houston. Lucas, the former NBA guard, coach and general manager, has built a reputation for resuscitating ailing NBA careers. Lucas said he looked at Blatche and saw a familiar reflection. “That was me,” he said, “26 years ago in the league.” Syracuse.com

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