Sport: Highs and Lows Under the Basket

The road is dreary, the money is there, and so are the drugs

On Nov. 3, the day of the Washington Bullets' first home game of the basketball season, playmaking Guard John Lucas missed a morning physical and an afternoon "shoot around." He came late for the game. Lucas had been undependable for some time, and his teammates would not have been surprised by anything Luke said when he finally arrived—except by what he did say.

"Luke came right in the door," recalls Kevin Grevey, the other starting guard, "and in front of everyone, said,...

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