November 23, 2009

Maurice Lucas' Cancer Returns

Jason Quick broke the news today that Blazers' legend and current assistant coach, Maurice Lucas, has been hospitalized again.  His recurrence of bladder cancer has held him out of the first 15 games this season.

A few notes on his illness...
Last season, Lucas underwent a series of tests trying to find out why he was losing weight and was so fatigued. By the spring, he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer and in April, a month after his 57th birthday, he had surgery related to bladder cancer. Throughout April and the team’s playoff series, he maintained contact with the players through text messaging, often times relaying congratulations or advice immediately following games.

In September, Lucas announced that he was ready to return to the team, but said he was unsure if he would travel.

"I'm getting there, but it's a slow process,'' Lucas said at the time. "I'm feeling pretty good though. We will see. I will play it by ear.''
A sad time indeed.

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