Maurice Lucas Rumors
23 Apr 14
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.”
The Trail Blazers on Thursday announced that LaMarcus Aldridge was the inaugural recipient of the Maurice Lucas Award. The honor will be presented annually to the Trail Blazers player who “best represents the true spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization,” the team announced. In recognition of the award, the Trail Blazers will make a $5,000 donation on behalf of Aldridge to the Z Man Foundation, a mentoring program to help prepare youths for college. The Trail Blazers dedicated the 2010-11 season to Lucas after the former All-Star died Oct. 31 at age 58.
The Thunder’s coaching staff has worn lapels on their suit jackets each time the team has faced the Blazers this season. The lapel, the No. 20, is in honor of former NBA player Maurice Lucas, who died last year after a long bout with bladder cancer. “He was a great ambassador to not only the city of Portland but to the NBA,” Brooks said. “He’s missed by many. We’re just showing our respect.”
The late Maurice Lucas is among the nominees for the 2011 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lucas, who died Oct. 31 after a long battle with bladder cancer, is one of 21 players, coaches and officials nominated by the Hall’s North American committee. Lucas played 14 years in the ABA and NBA and was a key figure in the Blazers’ 1977 NBA championship team. He averaged 20.2 points and 11.4 rebounds on the title team and 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds during his career. He also served as an assistant coach for the Blazers. Also nominated this year are former Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks, a star player for the Philadelphia 76ers, and former Blazers player Arvydas Sabonis, who was nominated by the international committee.