Winning a Day at a Time

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Writing with freelancer Moriarty, basketball player and coach Lucas recounts the story of how he overcame an incapacitating alcohol and drug problem by attending daily Twelve Step meetings. The son of a high school principal father and a junior high school principal mother, Lucas starred in tennis and basketball in secondary school and in basketball at the University of Maryland. In 1977 he was drafted by the Houston Rockets and began a pro career that covered 14 calendar years but not 14 seasons, since he played for six teams but was frequently dropped or traded because of substance abuse. Once his recovery began, however, Lucas dedicated himself to helping others, particularly pro cagers, through the therapeutic program he founded, John H. Lucas Enterprises. With copious quotes from family members, teammates, NBA league officials and others, Lucas, who is now general manager and coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, tells his inspiring tale. $100,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568380933
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Roller Coaster Ride

    The book John Lucas: Winning A Day At A Time by Joseph Moriarity is like a roller coaster ride though the ups and downs of the life of John Lucas. He takes you though each stage of John¿s life; from his early years before high school and how he won the Junior World Cup and his basketball experiences. Then he went to high school in N.C. and his first experiences with drugs. He set many college records at the University of Maryland and was the star of the team and NCAA. When he made it to the NBA people thought he could have been as good as Michael Jordan, but he got addicted to hard drugs like cocaine. The author skips through how John got kicked from team to team and went from rehab to rehab. His drug addiction tore apart his family and almost ruined his career before he finally got on track with his life. This book is a very slow read and it trudges from chapter to chapter. It has some good times where it¿s an enjoyable spot; but I would not recommend buying or reading this book unless you feel interested in his life experiences and drug problems. It¿s not worth the time to stumble though the pages. I skipped pages at a time and still found myself in the same place. The novel is just a slow timeline of the life of John Lucas.

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