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Houston's basketball profile on the rise

Once a football-only town, Houston has grown into one of America's top basketball cities, writes Christopher Lawlor.

Originally Published: July 17, 2008
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- John Lucas was born, raised and played basketball in the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Durham, N.C. native was an All-American guard at the University of Maryland before getting selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 1976 draft.

When he arrived in Texas, he found a faceless basketball community.

"It was a football town," said Lucas, who had three stints with the Rockets, including the 1985-86 season when they lost ...

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