Lucas offers the gift of a lifetime

Hoops/life mentor has many roles, but the goal is always the same: Change lives

Originally Published: December 18, 2012
By Jason King | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Shortly after he was freed from jail, Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland retrieved his cell phone from police officers and sent a two-word text message to Wildcats coach John Calipari.

"I'm done," it read.

Hours earlier -- just short of 3 a.m. on April 12, 2010 -- Strickland was pulled over after running a red light and nearly hitting another vehicle a few miles from UK's campus. The smell of alcohol still on his breath, Strickland could hardly remember bumbling through the ...

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