Friday, December 1 2023

The John Lucas Foundation is relaunching its annual celebrity golf classic on June 26 to raise funds for healthy living programs focused on mental health, substance-abuse prevention, and scholarships for youth basketball camps. The foundation is run by Lucas, a longtime member of the Rockets and an assistant coach in recent years.

Under former head coach Stephen Silas, Lucas was lead assistant over the last three seasons. His role in the tenure of new head coach Ime Udoka has yet to be announced, though Lucas is leading Houston’s pre-draft workouts as the team prepares for the June 22 NBA draft. Once the draft concludes, he can briefly turn his attention to golf!

Lucas’ classic is set to take place at Memorial Park Golf Course, home of the PGA Tour’s Houston Open, and is expected to feature appearances by players and coaches from the NBA, National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and college basketball.

Confirmed NBA attendees include DJ Augustin, Rick Barry, Michael Crabtree, David Culley, Mike D’Antoni, Mario Elie, TJ Ford, George Gervin, Jeff Van Gundy, Royal Ivey, Mike James, Major Jones, Vernon Maxwell, Kendrick Perkins, Ricky Pierce, Eric Riley, Kelvin Sampson, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Bill Worrell, according to the event’s website. More participants will be named later.

Details on individual and foursomes registration are available at the event website, along with various sponsorship opportunities.

Held with assistance from the Houston Parks and Recreation and the Houston Astros Golf Foundation, the classic will also feature various business owners, elected officials, and other celebrities. For questions or registration assistance, email


Lucas played in the NBA from 1976 through 1990, including multiple stints with the Rockets. Since then, he’s been a three-time NBA head coach and an assistant at several stops, including a player development role with the Rockets under Mike D’Antoni (2016-20) and the lead assistant position for Silas in the three years since.


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