Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  13 responses

Maurice Lucas Dead at Age 58

Blazers great Maurice “The Enforcer” Lucas lost his battle with bladder cancer. The Oregonian reports: “Lucas battled bladder cancer for the past two years. He was an assistant coach for the Blazers when he had surgery in April of 2009, then appeared to be recovering when he suffered a relapse that hospitalized him in November of 2009. He passed away Sunday evening in Portland with his family by his side. Following Saturday’s victory in New York, the current Blazers team was informed that their former assistant coach was in grave condition. ‘It’s a sad, sad, sad day for the Blazers,’ coach Nate McMillan said. ‘It happened too soon. It really did. He was a great man, and I mean that. He was a man.’ Lucas will be remembered as one of the greatest players in franchise history, a physical and skilled big man who could shoot, rebound in traffic, and back up his bark with bite. It was his physicality and intimidation that helped the Blazers turn the tide in the 1977 NBA Finals against Philadelphia and cemented his reputation as ‘The Enforcer.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Alan Paul

    RIP Mo.

    Someone dig up my Old School with him. Damn, this one hurts for a lot of reasons. Mo was a Pgh. homeboy. And my dad survived bladder cancer and is celebrating his 75th birthday today.

  • hoodsnake

    RIP Month. And Mazel Tov to your dad Alan…

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  • http://Www.slamonline.com B-more Mike

    R.I.P MO!! Bout 2 watch “White Men Can’t Jump”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    This is sad.
    One of the true greats that rarely got the national love his game warranted.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Rest in peace..

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  • dma

    damn Slam.. you couldn’t say Passes away at 58? But instead go with Dead at 58? It’s not like he got shot or something.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    RIP, for what I hear he was a LEGEND, one of the best and most loved players in the histoty of that franshise and city. well, may his wife and kids hang in there, sad day. MOURICE “THE ENFORCER” LUCAS.

  • EtheKnickfan

    A true enforcer no doubt. He would have had 10 techs before arriving in the arena with todays soft game

  • The Philosopher

    Rest in Peace.
    Condolences to the Lucas Family.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alan Paul

    Thanks for posting the story. This is bumming me out a lot.

  • Luda

    A memorial site was created for Maurice Lucas! Honor his memory by contributing to his memorial site http://mauricelucas.people2remember.com/