Billy Gillispie Heads to Same Rehab Clinic as Michael Beasley?

Is this a bizarre coincidence, or has the John Lucas After Care Program become the destination of choice for people in the world of basketball seeking to get their lives and images back on track? ↵

↵First, Michael Beasley went into rehab under the care of John Lucas in Houston. Now, ex-Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is also headed to Houston to enter that same rehab facility roughly two weeks after he was nabbed for his third DUI, according to WLKY. ↵

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↵That Gillispie might need a little time in a rehab facility is no surprise. Getting one DUI is stupid. Getting three is the kind of extra, ridiculous stupidity that deserves some time in a room you aren't allowed to leave for a while. ↵

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↵Gillispie now becomes the second high-profile name to seek out some help -- and some time away from the spotlight -- with John Lucas' program. But how did Lucas become the hoops version of Dr. Drew of hoops rehab? Why is his clinic all of a sudden the Promises or Betty Ford for ballers? ↵

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↵It's mentioned prominently on his own rehab clinic's site that Lucas battled his own demons with substance abuse, but now he's trying to help others with this facility and the methods that helped him. ↵

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↵⇥Lucas began seeing exercise and conditioning as medicine. During his treatment Lucas developed and proposed a program based on exercise and treatment. After his own treatment Lucas really got to work developing this concept of fitness as a component of treatment and getting hospital-based treatment centers to buy into it. The aftercare and counseling program that John Lucas helped to develop became the model used by the NBA to help recovering players maintain sobriety when attempting to return to the NBA. ↵
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↵Lucas, perhaps more than any other doctor, understands the needs of athletes and coaches going through rehabilitation because unlike someone working in a traditional facility, he'll have a greater grasp of the temptations and situations people from the world of hoops will face. ↵

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↵UPDATE: Sean Deveney points out this is not exactly a new trend, but rather one I'm just now noticing. In fact, Lucas has worked with a number of troubled NBA players over the years including Vin Baker, Roy Tarpley and others. ↵

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↵UPDATE: Houston television station KRIV reported Wednesday night that Gillispie confirmed he was entering rehab. The station quoted Gillispie. who also coached at Texas A&M, as saying he was "going to spend some time with ↵John Lucas in Houston. He's got the John Lucas Athletes After Care Program. He's going to deal with some alcohol issues for me." ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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