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Korie Lucious dismissed from Michigan State for marijuana, says Tom Izzo ‘didn’t respect my game’

Sep 17, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Korie Lucious AP

Korie Lucious wrapped up his collegiate career at Iowa State, averaging 10.1 points and 5.6 assists for the Cyclones, who reached the third round of the NCAA tournament this past season.

His first three seasons were spent at Michigan State, where he entered East Lansing as a four-star commit for Tom Izzo. In Jan. 2011, Lucious was dismissed from the team under the oh-so-specific “violation of team rules.” Following an interview on Monday with Travis Singleton of, Lucious explained his career in a Spartan uniform came to a close due to drugs.

“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 in a Q-and-A.” Thats the real reason I got kicked off the team and I let my mom, family and friends down.”

Lucious was part of a pair of Final Four teams, and if it weren’t for his heroics in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland, the Spartans wouldn’t have made a repeat appearance. Despite being part of two great teams, MSU and Izzo may not have been the right fit for Lucious.

“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. “Coach Izzo playing for him it wasn’t the yelling or anything it was the fact he just didn’t respect my game. Coach Izzo used to always call me an And1 player, like even if I dribbled in between my legs and he would just yell at me and say ‘this isn’t And1 Streetball,'” Lucious described, as Izzo referenced him as a player in the popular And1 Mixtape Tours.

Lucious has signed with Rosa Radom of the Polish Basketball League.

  1. claygooding - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Only after America washes 100 years of lies from their minds will they realize the totally uncalled for destruction of peoples lives over control of a plant,,a plant that has had wars fought over it several times in history but before it was too steal seeds and finished crops,,now the rich industrialists attacked it from the rear,,they had it banned. And built a government machine to keep it banned.

    Some day America will realize they have been and still are being played by a corporate protection scam that has turned into a self feeding cancer that can destroy it’s host if it is not cut entirely out of our government.

    • dexterismyhero - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      WTF? Dude, this is a sports blog. I get the pot rationale, but don’t go so deep. Geez.

  2. coryfor3 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Wow. Slow news in college basketball.

  3. philliesblow - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Hey Korie, when you signed your letter of intent you agreed to abide by team rules. In return you got a free college education. You earn respect by abiding by the rules which you obviously didn’t. Enjoy the ganja in Poland.

  4. mrlaloosh - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Of course pot is harmless. Polish Basketball League? Bwa-hahahaha.

  5. senorpapino - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Lucious should be thanking Izzo for the opportunity to play on one of the biggest stages in college basketball instead of talking trash about his approach to coaching. There’s a reason why Izzo is widely considered one of the best college coaches and why Lucious’s college career ended in relative obscurity. For every big play he made at MSU (3 pointer to beat Maryland), he made even more bone-headed plays (dribbling off his foot, poor shot choice after poor shot choice).

  6. howintensive - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    It sounds like Izzo respected Korie’s game, and Korie didn’t respect Izzo’s coaching.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      He’s smoked too much to be able to get that…

  7. basedrum777 - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    If Izzo doesn’t like your game then your game probably isn’t that good. He’s an all-time coach.

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