HoopsHype John Lucas rumors

November 7, 2011 Updates

While the NBA may be in the midst of a lockout, former NBA coach and player John Lucas told FOX 26 Sports he will host a charity game featuring a number of NBA stars on Nov. 20 at the Delmar Stadium Complex in northwest Houston. According to Lucas the players he has confirmed who will take part in the event include L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, the former star from Alief Elsik and free agent guard T.J. Ford, former star at Willowridge High School and the University of Texas. "Blake and Rashard will happen for sure," Lucas said. (Chicago Bulls guard) Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant is supposed to be coming, (Thunder center) Kendrick Perkins, T.J. Ford, (forward) Chandler Parsons with the Rockets, (guard) Jonny Flynn with the Rockets." FOX 26 Sports

October 16, 2011 Updates
September 26, 2011 Updates

There are no highlight dunks on YouTube because there are no cameras. There are no tales of 56-point scoring bursts because no games are played."A lot of guys have no clue what they're in for when they come here," said Matt Howard, a coach at the John Lucas Basketball Resources program for five years. "Pros sometimes think they know everything or think they can't get better. They come here with us, (and) they find out they can do things better, build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses. We break them down and build them up. "It's not for everybody. We don't kiss butt. You come to work, and we'll make you a better ballplayer." Houston Chronicle

Far from the basketball court in a virtual amusement park in the shadow of the Las Vegas strip, the voice of former NBA coach and former Rockets guard John Lucas echoes inside a dark gym with no frills and the debatable existence of air conditioning. While roughly 70 NBA players have played in a high-profile "Lockout league" at Las Vegas' Impact training facility, Lucas and his staff push roughly 30 players, including a handful of young NBA talents, through grueling drills and training sessions in Houston. In this throwback, Rocky III-like setting in which luxuries are limited to metal folding chairs and a few oversized fans, egos are left inside the SUVs in the Lutheran North High School parking lot, and no one dares to protest the demands. Houston Chronicle

NBA players pay $8,500 a month for the privilege. Fees vary for players at different levels and for the predraft camp. "I'm expensive," Lucas said, "but I'm worth it." The setting and much of each day's drills are decidedly old school, but these are not scenes from Red Auerbach's old Red on Roundball series. Houston Chronicle

September 19, 2011 Updates

Former Rockets guard and longtime NBA coach John Lucas III is organizing a series of games in October and November featuring NBA stars in conjunction with his John Lucas Basketball Resources training camps should the NBA work stoppage continue into the scheduled start of the season. Though many arrangements have not been finalized, Lucas said he has already received commitments for some games from NBA players including stars Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin. Rockets players Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn and Houston-based players DeAndre Jordan, John Lucas II, T.J. Ford and Damon Jones have also committed to the participate along with Baron Davis, Thaddeus Young, Derrick Williams, Tristan Thompson and Corey Joseph. Houston Chronicle

September 14, 2011 Updates
July 28, 2011 Updates

John Lucas is proud to say he's been clean and sober for the last 25 years. During his 15 years in the NBA, the former Rocket earned as much notoriety for his off-court battles with drugs and alcohol in the mid-1980s as he did for his exploits on the hardwood. "I have 25 years, one day at a time and I work at it like my basketball. My problem isn't drinking. My problem is living," Lucas said. "How do I live life on a daily basis without going and getting drunk to handle my situations? Can I play the cards I've been dealt for the day without medicating my feelings?" FOXSports SouthWest

"At the time, I didn't know how my experiences would be able to help others. What I found out because of my experiences, the gift is my experiences," he said. "By me sharing what I've gone through lets other people know somebody has walked that path before. Not many of us make it back but I was fortunate to tell a story that we can recover if we want to." FOXSports SouthWest

It's hard to believe he was never an all-star or that he never won a title, but he has no regrets as he looks back on his career. "I was one of the best. It was interrupted but being one of the best wasn't my goal. Being on the team was and I was one of the best because I got others to do what they needed to do," Lucas said. "So I've always been a teacher and I've been able to have the ball and be a point guard and to direct. It wasn't because of my physical skills. It was because I could bring people together. For me, that's different than being the best player. My team went from losing 50 to winning 50 the first year." FOXSports SouthWest

July 22, 2011 Updates

Renardo Sidney will not travel with Mississippi State's basketball team on its five-game European exhibition trip, opting to return to Houston and work out with former NBA player John Lucas. Sidney, a 6-foot-10 forward, is expected to return to campus by mid-August to rejoin the Bulldogs for preseason workouts, according to a statement released by coach Rick Stansbury. FOXSports.com

May 5, 2011 Updates

Nearly 34 years since he came to the Rockets as the first pick of the 1977 draft, John Lucas met with general manager Daryl Morey on Wednesday to discuss returning to the team as coach. Lucas, who returned to coaching for the 2009-10 season as a Clippers assistant, has had stints as the head coach of the Spurs, 76ers and Cavaliers. He had a 174-258 record in six seasons. "It was a great opportunity to get to sit down and get to know Daryl," Lucas said. "He's an interesting guy. I feel like it was more to get acquainted. You really want to know who you work for. I really got a great feel for that. I think it's a great opportunity. This is a team that I believe is really on the verge." Houston Chronicle

May 4, 2011 Updates

John Lucas, who has been a head coach with three NBA teams, told FOX 26 Sports he met with the Houston Rockets Wednesday as the team searches for its new head coach. Lucas said he was interviewed by general manager Daryl Morey. "I am an old school Rocket," Lucas said. "I bleed Rockets red." FOX 26 Sports

Lucas said he and Morey had a good meeting. "It was pretty lengthy," Lucas said. "It went probably a good 2 1/2 hours. "I thought it was very interesting. That's a team that's in the middle of the pack that has the capabilties to really improve. It's a great opportunity for anyone." FOX 26 Sports

Lucas, who had three playing stints with the Rockets, confirmed to ESPN.com that he met Wednesday with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to discuss the opening created when Houston and Adelman mutually decided to part ways on Apr. 18. "I started with the Rockets and I've been here for 33 years," Lucas said. "They're on the verge of being a very good team and I would love to get back involved with them, so it was great to sit down with Daryl and get to know him better and have a nice, quality conversation." ESPN.com

Lucas is the third former NBA head coach that the Rockets have interviewed. The team also talked to former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson and Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who joined the Celtics after nearly seven seasons coaching the New Jersey Nets. The Rockets have also received permission from the Dallas Mavericks to interview assistant Dwane Casey, who coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season and a half. The Rockets are expected to meet with Casey this week when Dallas' second-round series with the Lakers shifts to Texas. The Rockets also plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Brown, as well as TNT analyst Kevin McHale, who hired and fired Casey as the Minnesota Timberwolves' GM and later moved to the Wolves' bench. ESPN.com

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