The Oregonian – A powerful handshake: How Maurice Lucas’ gesture helped the Portland Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA title

The Oregonian/OregonLive is republishing this story as part of our ongoing series, Rip City 50: The moments, people and events that have shaped the Trail Blazers’ first 50 seasons. We are publishing it today, nine years after Lucas’ death on Oct. 31, 2010.

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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.

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