Lucky Glauber
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BIO:

A friendly and carefree basketball player, Lucky also dabbled in karate. One day his friend Heavy D! invited him to the King of Fighters tournament. He joins the tournament with Brian Battler, Heavy D to form the American Sports Team and to test his fighting ability. Even though they performed miserably, Lucky isn't one to mourn. He keeps enjoying his life far from the fighting arena.

Lucky's original concept design was based on "Hakim" (from Bruce Lee's martial arts film, Game of Death) played by professional basketball player for the L.A. Lakers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbbar (who himself was a martial artist). Some speculate his design was also inspired by Dunk Dream (or Street Hoop / Street Slam in North America), a sports game for the Neo-Geo. 

While Lucky Glauber's defaut colors represent the L.A. Lakers, other color patterns for Lucky were based on other NBA teams, including the Chicago Bulls (Red and White), Seattle Sonics (Green and Yellow) and San Antonio Spurs (Black and White).  

Along with the rest of the members of the American Sports Team, have a running gag in the history of KOF which involves their invitations being stolen by other participants. For one example, the backstory of Neo Geo Battle Coliseum shows Shermie defeating Lucky and taking his invitation to the tournament. Later in KOF Maximum Impact Regulation A, Mizoguchi also defeats him and takes his invitation.
 
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ORIGIN:
The King of Fighters '94

  

OTHER APPEARANCES:
King of Fighters '98, King of Fighters '98: UM, King of Fighters '94: Rebout, Card Fighters Clash DS

 
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Page Updated:  Dec. 21st, 2020

I miss early 90's fighting games... the potential character stereotypes that could appear in were unpredictable! To me, it was entertaining to see an Black basketball player appear in a fighting game... throwing basketballs around while fighting (besides Shaq Fu). Really? The black guy really has to fight with basketballs? A'rright, at least Heavy D. was in the game to balance it out with legit boxing. Still, if Lucky actually knows Karate, maybe he should've shown up in his Karate uniform and done some actual fighting? 

Besides a few unique moves, Lucky is mostly underdeveloped - both visually and moveset-wise. He's literally a joke character, but if SNK brings him back, they might be able to do more with him. Lucky's '94 / '98 moveset is pretty boring, IMO. It was no surprise SNK didn't bring him back in future games. In fairness, there's still something fun about bouncing a basketball off of someone's head. lol. To his credit, Lucky brings something to the iconic rosters of KOF '94 / '98. He's old school and cliché, for sure. In closing, R.I.P. to a legend from the L.A. Lakers... Kobe Bryant. I'm sure many players in the fighters generation associated Lucky with Kobe. :( R.I.P.

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