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A nationally ranked tennis player in his youth, Lucas chose to pursue basketball instead, starting when he was a college freshman. A No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in 1976, his father, too, played tennis and basketball and was an All-America in both at Maryland. He chose the latter professionally, just as his son would do many years later, by embarking first upon an NBA playing career sidetracked by drug and alcohol abuse. “I always knew what I wanted to do when I couldn’t play anymore,” he said. “That was something my dad always told me: You’re not going to be able to play forever, so what do you want to do after basketball because you’ve got a whole other life to live, too. I knew I wanted to stay involved in basketball, either coaching or player development with younger guys.”