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Midday Stampede: John Lucas Thankful For Bulls Opportunity

A fan favorite in Chicago, John Lucas is ready to begin anew in Toronto



    Midday Stampede: John Lucas Thankful For Bulls Opportunity
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    A Bulls fan favorite and a member of the "Bench Mob," John Lucas III will now take his game north of the border and play for the Toronto Raptors next season.

    With the exception of Brian Scalabrine, no other member of the Chicago Bulls "Bench Mob" got more love from fans than John Lucas III.

    The diminutive point guard whose father is the legendary head coach, John Lucas became a fan favorite in Chicago because of his ability to not only score but because of the tremendous heart that he showed on the court and the pride he felt wearing a Bulls uniform.

    Lucas’ play last season earned him a pay raise this summer with the Toronto Raptors to the tune of two-years and just over $3 million dollars.

    Despite receiving a bigger pay day from another team, in an interview with RealGM.com, the 29-year-old Houston native had no problems expressing his love for Chicago and most importantly, his love for the fans.

    "One thing I liked about Chicago was it was such a sports fan and I love being a fan," Lucas said. "You could tell when you walk around the city, [fans] love the Chicago Bulls just like they love the Blackhawks, the White Sox and the Cubs. … When you step out on the court, you’re not just playing for yourself and your teammates, you’re also playing for the city of Chicago.”