Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National Basketball Association history. He was named to Sports Illustrated 's five-man College All-Century Team in 1999.
Lucas is an Olympic Gold Medal winner (as a member of the 1960 United States men's Olympic basketball team), an NCAA National Champion (as a member of the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team), and an NBA Champion (as a member of the 1973 New York Knicks). He is also a seven-time NBA All-Star.
Lucas is only one of seven players in history to achieve basketball's "Triple Crown" - winning an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal, and for all his accolades became a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1980 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.
By Dean Hanley
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