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And Another Thing


Tears shed here

... for Maurice Lucas, the power forward/resident enforcer for the great Portland Trail Blazers teams of the late 1970s.

The former Marquette star succumbed to bladder cancer at the age of 58. He bears mentioning on the Blob because he was part of the 1977 Portland NBA champions who, in concept and execution, were one of the best basketball teams ever assembled.

And by "team," I mean exactly that. Led by Lucas, Bill Walton, Bobby Gross and Lionel Hollins, the Blazers of that season were the best-passing team in the halfcourt I ever saw. Watching them slice opponents to ribbons as Walton found the open man out of the post time and again was a basketball aficianado's delight.

Remembering Mo Lucas today makes me remember that all over again. So thanks, Mo.

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