As the Portland Trail Blazers ready for training camp next week, there's some good news today about my all-time favorite Blazer.
That ex-Blazer, Maurice Lucas, will be resuming his assistant coaching duties
after battling bladder cancer earlier this year.
For those too young to remember the now 57-year-old Lucas when he played on the Blazers' 1976-77 championship team as part of his 14-year pro career, suffice to say there was no one tougher in the league than him and nothing cooler than when the Memorial Coliseum crowd would shout "LUKE" (of course prompting countless visiting broadcasters to utter "those aren't 'boos' you're hearing") when Lucas made a shot.
Lucas will work with the Blazers at their practice facility and be at home games. He will travel only occasionally with the team to road games.
“I feel great,” Lucas says in a press release. “I have been listening to my doctors, getting my rest, and I'm very excited about being back."
As a teen-ager who always wore #20 simply because Lucas did, I'm glad he's back.