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Former Oklahoma State point guard John Lucas III attempting to seize opportunity with Utah Jazz

The former Oklahoma State standout has started just two games in his NBA career, but will get his third start in Wednesday's season opener against the Thunder with rookie Trey Burke inactive because of a finger injury.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 29, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) drives the ball against Utah's John Lucas III (5) during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) drives the ball against Utah's John Lucas III (5) during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Utah point guard John Lucas III is looking to seize another opportunity.

The former Oklahoma State standout has started just two games in his NBA career, but will get his third start in Wednesday's season opener against the Thunder with rookie Trey Burke inactive because of a finger injury.

It's been a different path through the NBA for Lucas than his Cowboys days, where he led OSU to the 2004 Final Four. Lucas, though, drifted away from the OSU program until recently.

Lucas sat down with The Oklahoman before the Jazz played the Thunder in the preseason and discussed Oklahoma State, his influence on a top recruit, Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson and more.

Q: With Burke being out, you have a chance for more playing time. What are you looking to prove?

A: Just go out there and do what I've been doing, playing solid, playing under control and bringing good minutes. That's my whole thing, I've just been waiting for opportunities my whole entire career. This is just another opportunity for me to prove myself like I've been proving my whole career at the professional level.

There's no Russell Westbrook right now, but there is Reggie Jackson. What have you seen from him?

Reggie can play. He came in last year when Westbrook went down in the playoffs and took off. When you're able to play, your confidence level is high. He's playing at a high level right now. It's going to be fun, it's going to be good. I like competition and going against the best of the best. It's just another opportunity to go against somebody who can play the game of basketball.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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