Maurice Lucas Rumors
Lucas gave a young Luke Walton what he called a “bad-ass poster” of himself inscribed with this message: “To Little Luke: To make it in this world, you have to be tough.” Underneath the message, Lucas inscribed his name as “Big Luke.” “Whenever there was a big moment for little Luke,” Bill Walton said, “big Luke would show up unannounced to make sure it all turned out right.” Luke Walton kept Lucas’ poster in his room while growing up in San Diego before heading to the University of Arizona in 1999.
“He was a bad man in the NBA world, but he was one of the nicest guys of all time,” Luke Walton said of Lucas. “I’d go back and watch video and couldn’t believe that is the same guy. He was a monster on the court. But he was the easiest guy to talk to about basketball, life, school or whatever. He always had great answers and was always supportive.”
During pregame introductions of Game 3, after Blazers fans unrelentingly booed Dawkins, Lucas was introduced before a sellout Memorial Coliseum crowd. But instead of jogging to stand next to his teammates, as was common practice, Lucas trotted toward the 76ers’ bench to stand face-to-face with a stunned Dawkins. Some in the crowd gasped and Philadelphia players backed away from the two hulking men, no doubt because they expected another brouhaha. But instead of raising his fists, Lucas reached for Dawkins’ right hand, squeezed hard and said: “No hard feelings.” Dawkins was frozen. “After that, he was done,” Lucas told The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2010. “One of the smartest things I ever did.”
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Schonely has “RIP CITY,” on his personalized DMV license plates. Maybe you’ve seen his familiar Cadillac driving on the freeway, or walked up on it in a parking lot and snapped a photograph beside those plates. I drove up upon Schonely and his wife cruising on I-205 once, pulled alongside, rolled down the window, and honked. Without hesitation, or taking his eyes off the road, Schonely instinctively honked back and waved. He never did look over. “People honk every so often when they see me,” he told me, days later. He likes that you remember him. And Schonely is delighted when people come up and talk about their favorite broadcasts or how they feel young again when they hear his voice. Legacy is big for a man who built the reputations of so many others. “It’s one of the biggest highlights for me. No. 1 is the championship in 1976-77. There was Clyde, and Maurice Lucas,” he said, “I guess I must have made my free throws.”