Lucious: 'I was smoking a lot of weed at Michigan State'
When Korie Lucious was kicked off the MSU men’s basketball team in 2011, head coach Tom Izzo cited the reason as a “violation of team rules.”
But after several years of both sides moving in different directions, the truth of the situation finally has emerged.
In an interview with blackathlete.net, Lucious said marijuana was the reason Izzo dismissed him from the program, while also noting his ability was stifled during his time in the program.
“I was smoking, I don’t want to tell a lot of people that, but I was smoking a lot of weed at Michigan State,” Lucious said. “That’s the real reason I got kicked off the team, and I let my mom, family and friends down. To be honest, Michigan State was a great program — I’m not taking anything from coach Izzo or the team — but that wasn’t the place for me to be.”
Lucious said Izzo “didn’t respect” his game and he felt he thrived much better at Iowa State, according to a former story by The State News.
“Coach Izzo used to always call me an ‘And-1? player’ like even if I dribbled in between my legs and he would just yell at me and say ‘this isn’t And-1 Streetball,’” Lucious said. “I mean it was to the point I couldn’t shoot floaters or do nothing there … and he just put me in the position only to be a 3-point shooter and didn’t let me showcase my true talent.”
Following his dismissal, Lucious transferred to Iowa State, where he averaged 10.1 points in 38 games for the Cyclones. Lucious currently is signed to play for Rosa Radom of the Polish Basketball League.