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.
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.”