John Lucas, dropped by the Golden State Warriors last season because of continual absences from practice and games, failed to show up tonight for the Bullets' 126-112 loss to the 76ers.
"I don't know where he is," Coach Gene Shue said 45 minutes before the game. "He was supposed to be here by now."
Lucas wasn't at Capital Centre at 10 a.m. when the bus left for the two-hour trip here. Shue called Bob Ferry and the general manager's secretary said that Lucas had called and said he had car trouble. The veteran playmaker said that he would catch a 2:40 flight and be here in plenty of time for the 7:35 game.
"I tried to get hold of him this afternoon," Shue said. "Nobody has been able to reach him."
Lucas missed a flight early in the Bullets' season, but arrived the next day in time for the game. When asked if the former Maryland star had missed any practices, Shue said his attendance had been good, although not perfect.
Lucas missed six games and many practices last season and, after being suspended by Coach Al Attles, finally was released.
He will be fined $100 for missing the bus today and an 82nd part of his estimated $300,000 salary for missing the game.