Jusuf Nurkic Named 2018-19 Maurice Lucas Award Winner
Annual Award Given to Trail Blazers Player Who Exemplifies the Spirit of Maurice Lucas
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic was chosen as the recipient of the 2018-19 Maurice Lucas Award. Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey; and Pam Lucas, widow of Maurice Lucas, presented the award to Nurkic during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals series versus the Denver Nuggets at Moda Center.
The annual award was created in 2010-11 to honor the Trail Blazers player who best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization. In recognition of the award, the Trail Blazers will make a $5,000 donation to the Islamic Bosniaks Educational & Cultural Organization (IBECO), a community organization chosen by Nurkic. READ FULL STORY >
I’m honored and grateful to be the recepient of the Maurice Lucas award…. Thank you #RipCity ❤️#hadžomoj pic.twitter.com/DFLFyAaJq8
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) May 6, 2019
About the Maurice Lucas Foundation
The Foundation is named in honor of the late Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA champion Trail Blazers team. Besides his outstanding achievements on the court, Lucas also selflessly gave his time and energy to Portland youth. Since its formation in 2010, the Maurice Lucas Foundation has served thousands of students and families through its Academy program, basketball camps and teams.