Sportsman of the Year


 

  D uring a decade of flattery, pressure, and outlandish recruiting, he has remained as imperturbable as a Mount Rushmore face, behaving in a studied, discerning and appealing fashion both on and off the basketball court. Essentially shy, he has treated fame as a commodity of little intrinsic worth and in a sense has shunned it by playing as the perfect team man in a demanding team game.

Photograph by Herb Scharfman
Text by Ray Cave

In 1960, Lucas, a forward for Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to a national championship, and the U.S. to a gold medal in the Rome Olympics. Named Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1961 and 1962, Lucas averaged over 20 points and 20 rebounds a game during his college career.

Lucas entered the NBA in 1963 and was named Rookie of the Year. He retired from the Knicks in 1974 after their second championship.

Today, Lucas, 56, teaches learning methods and is a motivational speaker.

 
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