John Lucas III Rumors

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.”
Q: Probably your most successful NBA season came in 2011-12 in ­Chicago when Tom Thibodeau was the coach there. What clicked between the two of you? John Lucas III: He knows my game. He had me when I was a rookie with the ­Rockets, and they sent me down to the D-League. He said to me, “Who do you think you are as a player?” And I said, “Allen Iverson.” He was my favorite player. I was a scoring guard. And he was like, “No, you’re not Allen Iverson. You’re Dana Barros.”