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Luke Jackson: "I just want to help LeBron"
by Mike Tuck / July 10, 2004

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.

What was your reaction to hearing about Carlos Boozer signing with Utah?

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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