Luke Jackson: "I just want to help LeBron"
What’s the summer league experience been like for you?
Luke Jackson: It’s been fun. It hasn’t been a huge adjustment. You just have to get to know the guys you’re playing with and new plays and that sort of thing.
Is the competition what you expected?
LJ: Yeah, I’ve played with a lot of these guys over the years. At AAU camps, Nike, Jordan camps, something like that. So I’ve played against a lot of the guys, and it something I’m ready for or used to. I feel comfortable, but I’m a little banged up.
Banged up? What’s wrong?
LJ: Just bruised up. I’ve been working out now for two months. I had 16 teams that I worked out for pre-draft so I’ve been working out for awhile, so this has been a long summer.
A couple of months before the draft you were considered a late to mid-first-round pick, but you shot up and became a lottery pick. What do you think you did in those individual workouts that impressed so many teams?
LJ: I can shoot the ball. I’m just a versatile guy. I can handle it, rebound. I just know how to play the game. They just look for that, plus I’m a competitor.
Was Cleveland a team before the draft that you thought you could fit in on?
LJ: Yeah, I felt it was a good fit for me. There are guys on that team that understand how to play and I feel like it’s a team on the rise, so I’m excited to be part of that organization.
Are you excited to get to play with LeBron?
LJ: It’s exciting just because he has the potential to be just a great NBA player and anytime you get a chance to play with somebody like that, it’s exciting. But I just want to help him, take pressure off him and try to win ballgames.
You spoke about Cleveland being a team on the rise. Is there any pressure on you to go in be kind of that missing piece to help the Cavs reach another level?
LJ: I don’t think there are a ton of expectations. I am just going to go in and play my game and play hard every night and whatever happens, happens. That’s my attitude.
LJ: It was disappointing to hear. I was looking forward to playing with him. We just have to move on, I guess.
Don't you think it's stabbing the Cavs in the back?
LJ: It's his decision.
Mike Tuck is a producer/on-air talent for 740 The Team in Orlando and a regular contributor to HoopsHype.com
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