Lucas Taking on Bigger Role with Bulls
John Lucas III has made a habit of being ready to go when the phone rings.
Last season it was a call from Chicago Bulls’ management telling the well-traveled point guard to get on the first plane from Houston to Denver to play in that night’s game in place of an injured Derrick Rose. This past week, it was a call from a union representative telling him to get to New York to serve as the Bulls’ de facto team representative during the ongoing labor negotiations between the owners and players.
“I was like, yeah, I would love to know what’s going on, what’s the holdup, what’s the situation and all that,” Lucas said during a phone conversation from his home in Houston, Texas. “And to get better information because I was like everybody else, getting information from what I was looking at on the TV, [from] the media. Now I’ve got a better understanding of what’s going on and I’m glad I went. I also relayed everything I got from the meeting to the rest of my teammates. [I'm] still trying to reach out to some that I can’t get a hold of right now, but I took the responsibility on as [the team representative] to make sure everybody knows exactly what’s going on. I reached out and called everybody to at least inform them what exactly is going on in the meetings.”
Lucas was happy to take the place of team reps Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah during Wednesday’s session, both of whom were not in attendance. Having grown up around the league during his father, John Lucas II’s, playing and coaching career, the younger Lucas realizes that there is a chance that he may not be on the Bulls roster once the lockout ends and the regular season begins anew, but that didn’t make him uncomfortable during Wednesday’s session.