Oct 31

Maurice Lucas- 1952-2010

By mikebarrett
The great Maurice Lucas, dubbed by Bill Walton, many times, "the greatest Trail Blazer of all time" passed away Sunday evening. 

As most of Blazernation was aware, Coach Luke had been waging a war with bladder cancer for the past two years.  There were times it appeared the worst was behind us, and he was winning the battle, and then suffered a relapse in November of 2009.

We're all grieving, obviously, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Lucas family.  

I invite you to share your thoughts and memories here.  We honor the man, the father, the husband, the player, and the coach.  We celebrate his life, and the impact he had on us all.  

Luke, you'll be greatly missed.  Rest in Peace.



  1. Sad, sad news. As you say, prayers of strength and understanding to his family.

    by Derek Liebertz on 10/31/2010 8:09 PM
  2. That's too bad. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

    by BrainLL1 on 10/31/2010 8:37 PM
  3. RIP Maurice. So sad to have him pass.

    by loyalty4life on 10/31/2010 8:45 PM
  4. Everybody:

    I had to quit reading the post when I heard of Luke Passing away.

    Thank you for the blog, I wrote this on your last blog.

    As you probably remember Luke and I had Bladder cancer surgery at the same time and then had pneumonia at the same time, he went for chemo and I took Phi Slamma's adivice and didn't go for it. Whether or not that is the reason I am still alive, I don't know, but I am just to upset to blog

    Later everybody


    by Hg on 10/31/2010 9:07 PM
  5. There should be only one picture on the home page!!!! Mighty Mo period. Great man, great family man and great person, went to his basketball camps in the late 70's and he talked about life and taught me alot. I'll say it again great man and there should be only one picture on the home page in honor of the mighty Mo. He will be missed!

    by troutslayer68 on 10/31/2010 9:27 PM
  6. LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE doesn't it say it all? Great person.

    by troutslayer68 on 10/31/2010 9:33 PM
  7. Man, I'd like to shed a tear, but this is becoming a trend I don't like at all. First, my friend passes by Lymphoma on August 24th. My Grandmother passes away from breast cancer on October 22nd, and now, one of the best players in the NBA, passes away from Bladder Cancer.

    As I said in the last blog, when I make it big, which I plan to do since I "work" with film, I want to donate for a cure. Most people go around thinking it's not that big of a deal until it takes someone you love. In my case, multiple people in a short amount of time.

    However, with people I love passing, it's given me a lot of thought, and I'm fairly convinced there is a place where we go when we pass. It only gets better, and he's in a better place. We should be happy for what he was able to accomplish, the smiles he gave us, and the great times we've had. He fullfilled his life, with how short it was, and he was a lucky man to do so. May he rest in peace, and live in our Hearts.

    Mike, if you could do me a favor next time you're in Memphis, which I know you visit the childrens hospital for cancer, tell them we care.

    by Herr on 10/31/2010 11:03 PM
  8. I have many fond memories of Luke for in 1977 I attended every blazer home game and watched the man blossom into an all star. However I remember a funny moment with Maurice. I was at Jack Ramsey's 1977 summer basketball camp and Luke showed up sporting a brand new black corvette he had just bought. He parked it and was showing it off to all us guys at camp, but when he got back in to go park it somewhere else, the battery had died on it and it wouldn't start and I remember him being very frustrated and embarrassed...but he chuckled about it and made jokes. Great player, great leader, great person. RIP Luke...the blazernation will miss you dearly.

    peace out,

    by daddylogan on 10/31/2010 11:29 PM
  9. RIP Luke!

    Very sad. I thought he was doing better. I didn't hear about the relapse.

    At least he is out of pain now.

    Our thoughts and love is with his family.


    by mgb on 10/31/2010 11:30 PM
  10. Rest in Peace Mr. Lucas.

    This is such a sad day for us Blazer maniacs.

    He was truly a special man from what I've heard and read of him in recent years, as a member of the coaching staff. Of course, we have all heard the stories of his days on the team, especially during that special '77 season. I am not surprised to hear he gave the cancer a valiant fight, as many of the articles have said, both on the site, and elsewhere, Maurice was a man - period. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time; I lost my father to cancer as well when I was young, so I know what they are going through - it's not easy at all of course, but time will heal, that is for sure, but it will always be hard, but it will get easier. I'm sure they can find peace in that he was, without doubt, a great husband, father and friend, even though I don't know these to be true myself, but given what I've heard of him and his character, I'm sure they are true.


    by Anees on 10/31/2010 11:48 PM
  11. For those of us who got to watch him play will never forget the heart he played with. He will be missed greatly.

    by civilhold on 11/1/2010 12:18 AM
  12. R.I.P. Coach Mo!! Such a sad sad day. I hope the Blazers go out tonight in Chicago and play for coach Mo, even if some of the guys never knew/met him, he was a great guy and will be greatly missed!! We'll bring you another championship Mo, we will bring you another championship.

    by Mark on 11/1/2010 4:13 AM
  13. I was fortunate enough to meet The Enforcer once. I found him to be a very nice man with a big personality. He was always one of my family's favorites but after that meeting he became my all time favorite player. R.I.P coach you will be missed.

    by onehotdeal on 11/1/2010 4:59 AM
  14. Wow, sad news.I was able to watch the Enforcer win help us win our first championship.What he has brought this organization both as a player and a coach will be greatly missed .RIP.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/1/2010 6:00 AM
  15. Nobody messes with the "Enforcer".

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/1/2010 6:27 AM
  16. Big mo inspired other power forwards like maybe....... Mike Barrett.MB,did you ever pretend to be Mo Lucas on the playground?

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/1/2010 6:30 AM
  17. i talked to my dad last night who remembered watching the nba. he loved Mr. Lucas, his dedicattion to winning, and his constant effort (dad's words). being from nebraska, he never really had a favorite team; just players he admired. Maurice is right near the top of the list. my dad -- a 27-year military veteran -- choked up as he talked about how Mr. Lucas epitomized the type of player and person someone playing at this level should be, and said if there were more Maurice Lucases in the league, that the nba would be a much better place.

    thank you, Mr. Lucas, for touching my dad the way you did. i never got the priviledge to see you play, but that already makes you one of my all-time favorites.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/1/2010 7:07 AM
  18. RIP Luke!!! We're goin miss ya!!! You epitomized what a true"team player" should be. No egos on that "77 team and you led the way. You were one of the first true "POWER" forwards to emerge and from then on teams tried mold their 4 after you.

    by Gavinfan on 11/1/2010 7:22 AM
  19. I remember going to games in the day when Mo was the anchor for the team. You didn't push him around and you didn't mess with his team mates. He crashed the boards with a vengence and yet had touch on his jumper. After he retired he was always active in the community. He was a great player but more important he was a great man.

    by Ancientone on 11/1/2010 8:04 AM
  20. Marquette University teaches that we experience God's presence in everyday life, especially through the people we meet. Sometimes you just have to LOOK.

    The Portland and Milwaukee/Marquette communities were fortunate; we didn't have to look very far.

    Rest in peace, Maurice. Honor his memory, Wesley.


    by Marquette Warrior on 11/1/2010 8:18 AM
  21. sad day in Blazer Nation. We will miss you Luke. Thinking and praying for your family.

    by RedRudy5 on 11/1/2010 10:14 AM
  22. RIP Luke! I remember watching you play and will never forget you, both as a player and as a coach. 58 is way too young...

    by dgpdx on 11/1/2010 12:39 PM
  23. i'm devastated by the news. i met him a few years back and had a drink with him and some of his friends. he was so gracious. he exuded the ultimate confidence and yet wasn't at all full of himself. he would talk to anybody. i'll never forget him and i will pray for his family. it would be a travesty if we didn't dedicate the rest of the season to "the enforcer". i'll tell you what...they don't make them like that anymore.

    by sudelander on 11/1/2010 1:19 PM
  24. Sudeverineizzle ,whuzup,I thought I had lost the last remaining member of my posse.My brotha from anotha mutha:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/1/2010 2:46 PM
  25. A touching story about Mo and GO.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/2/2010 12:05 PM
  26. You will be missed.

    by davsykes on 11/2/2010 10:48 PM
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