Get to Know: John Lucas III
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: YMCA Chicago Bulls.
First buzzer beater: Fifth grade.
First dunk: Junior year of high school.
First pair of basketball shoes: Jordan 1s. Got them for Christmas at age 3-5.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: Age 5 as a ball boy.
First nickname: Hoss.
First car ever driven: Dad’s BMW 745i.
First CD: Michael Jackson. Thriller.
First video game ever played: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
First day off in Utah: Park City.
First jerseys owned: Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Nolan Ryan.
First autograph: Arthur Ashe.
First poster: Michael Jordan.
First big purchase: Watch.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: So many times.
First pet: Dog named Macho. Half Pekingese, half poodle.
First kiss: Without getting caught? Second grade. Her name was Lauren King.
Best game ever played: Probably my first NBA start. 25, 8, and 8.
Worst game ever played: Elite Eight game. Scoreless in the first half.
Best place ever traveled to: Marrakesh.
Best athlete ever: Floyd Mayweather. Arthur Ashe. Wayne Gretzky.
Fastest player ever played against: Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, TJ Ford, Chris Paul.
Best meal ever: Grandma’s cooking.
Maddest you’ve ever been: I don’t really get that mad. I’m a happy person. I’ve always got good vibes.
Most famous person ever met: Bill Clinton.
Earliest you ever woke up to work out: 4 a.m.
Latest you’ve ever studied for a test: 10 p.m.
Best friend in the league: TJ Ford and everyone from Houston (DeAndre Jordan, Daniel Gibson, Emeka Okafor, Cartier Martin, Rashard Lewis…)
Best movie ever: Hoosiers, Blue Chips, Sunset Park, The Last Dragon, The Sandlot.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X.
What’s your mom like? Greatest mom on earth. Better than everyone else’s mom. I’m a momma’s boy. She’s everything to me. [Is she the lover? Is she the disciplinarian?] She’s everything.
You knew you were in trouble when… When she says my full name, John Harding Lucas III.
You made your mom most happy when… Just achieving everything I have achieved through life. Graduating high school and college; getting engaged; being the man she raised me to be.
Good day in the house when… When everybody’s smiling.
Inspiration/mentor: My father, my best friend, my main man. He made me who I am today.
Last sport played besides basketball: Tennis.
Last vacation: Cabo.
Last item bought: Engagement ring.
Last good grade: A in history.
Last time you were scared: Watching Paranormal Activity by myself.
Last time you were incredibly happy: Today.
Last time you cried: Two weeks ago.
Last book you read: The Purpose Driven Life.
Reason for jersey number: Always wore No. 15, but Derrick Favors has it. Dad and younger brother both wore No. 5.
If you could come back as any NBA player: Michael Jordan.