ESPN Sports Century – Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas is 1 of 3 players in history to win championships at every level of competition – high school (back-to-back state titles), college, and the pros. He was even a member (the youngest member) of the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a gold medal.
With a success record like that, Lucas accumulated a lot of medals, rings, trophies and other memorabilia and last year he auctioned off most of it.
“Things don’t mean a lot to me,” he said. “They never have. I have real great memories associated with them, but they’re hard to see when they’re in a closet.”
What he does with his memorabilia and money is his business but it’s a shame that one of the best basketball careers ever was being displayed in a box in a closet. Hopefully the new owners of his belongings will do the items of one of the Top 50 players of all-time justice.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1980); NBA champion (1973); All-NBA First Team (1965, ’66, ’68); All-NBA Second Team 1964, ’67); All-Rookie team (1964); Seven-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1965); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Olympic gold medalist (1960).