Jerry Lucas Rumors
Jerry Lucas played in his first basketball game when he was in the fourth grade. In Middletown, Ohio, his grade school only had a sixth-grade team, so Lucas played up. But he didn’t play much, mostly just practicing with the team. Finally, he got on the floor for the final 15 seconds of the last game of the season. “I loved it,” Lucas told The Athletic. “I was excited about it. And I wanted to be the best player I could be.” So after the season concluded, Lucas developed his method of shooting, based on the acronym D.A.D., which stood for “direction, arc and distance.” He tried to take around 5,000 shots a day. For Lucas, each shot had a purpose, working through the three elements he envisioned. He would practice for hours, getting kicked off public basketball courts in a Middletown park by older people wanting to play.
Lucas also was the first player in American basketball history to win a title at every level — high school, college, an Olympic gold medal and the NBA. “And that’s the thing that means the most to me,” Lucas said. “Because that’s why you play. You want to be the best you can, you want to work together and function, obviously as a team should, and complement each other and do the right things to win. “And only two other players in history (Magic Johnson and Quinn Buckner) have done that. So it’s very unusual. And that’s the thing that means the most to me.”
Former Ohio State University and NBA basketball star Jerry Lucas will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Lima Rotary Club on Monday, Sept. 13. The club meets in the North Hall of the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center, 7 Town Square, Lima.
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