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Maurice Lucas
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Basketball Player
    (February 18, 1952-October 31, 2010)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Power forward for the Spirits of St. Louis (1974-75,1976), Kentucky Colonels (1975-76), Portland Trail Blazers (1976-80,1987-88), New Jersey Nets (1980-81), New York Knicks (1981-82), Phoenix Suns (1982-85), Los Angeles Lakers (1985-86) and Seattle SuperSonics (1986-87)
    Four time NBA All-Star (1977-79,1983)
    Nicknamed 'the Enforcer'
    #20 retired by the Trail Blazers (1988)
    Assistant coach for the Trail Blazers (1988-89,2005-10)
    He complained that Al McGuire's half-court offenses at Marquette University made him feel like a robot. (Assistant coach Hank Raymonds consoled him with, 'Maurice, someday you're going to be a million-dollar robot.')
    He would always bring vitamins, tuna, peanuts and fruit along on road trips.
    He was ejected from Game 2 of the 1977 NBA Finals for elbowing Darryl Dawkins in the back of the head.
    After a game in which Kevin Garnett trash-talked the Trail Blazers, he noted that rarely happened in his day because 'Back then it was only a $50 fine for punching someone in the mouth.'
    He led the Trail Blazers in scoring, minutes played and offensive rebounds during their 1976-77 championship season.
    Teammate and future Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said, 'Off the court, he was a sweet human being. Everybody loved him. He was very approachable and he was a very loyal friend.'
    Bill Walton named his son Luke in his honor.
    After his death from bladder cancer, the Trail Blazers dedicated the rest of the 2010-11 season to him.

Credit: C. Fishel

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