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Utah Jazz: John Lucas III recites Gettysburg Address

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013 6:50 p.m. MST

Utah Jazz's point guard John Lucas III (5) drives on Houston's Aaron Brooks as the Jazz and the Rockets play Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Energy Solutions arena. Jazz lose 104-93. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Jazz's point guard John Lucas III (5) drives on Houston's Aaron Brooks as the Jazz and the Rockets play Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Energy Solutions arena. Jazz lose 104-93. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

NEW ORLEANS — Four score and 70 years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Before Monday’s game, Jazz point guard John Lucas III honored Tuesday’s 150-year anniversary by reciting one of the most famous speeches in U.S. history. The Jazz also handed out 10,000 copies of the powerful message to fans.

Lucas was a bit relieved that he didn’t have to do a live recitation. Doing the video, though, reminded him of an old school requirement.

“I can remember my history teacher when we went through and studied it,” Lucas said, admitting he only did it back then to pass the class. “I can actually picture myself with braces, sitting in that classroom, figuring this stuff out. It brought back memories of school days.”

The Jazz invited 120 West High School students to recite the Gettysburg Address in a pregame presentation, which included Lucas’ video.

Utah Jazz point guard John Lucas III (5) drives down court as San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, November 15, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Utah Jazz point guard John Lucas III (5) drives down court as San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, November 15, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

“I was surprised when they asked me to do that,” he said. “I enjoy stuff like that.“

Big question: Did the 30-year-old Lucas need a cheat sheet to remember the speech he learned about one score ago?

“I wouldn’t call it a cheat sheet,” Lucas said, smiling. He added with a chuckle, “You know, Google was right there.”

FEW MEMORIES: Warriors coach Mark Jackson is an eloquent speaker, but he kept his comments short about John Stockton before Monday’s game.

Did Jackson recall any of the turmoil that Stockton wrote happened in the Jazz’s locker room during the Hall of Famer’s final season and his only year in Utah? “No.”

Jackson was then asked to share memories of his experience with Stockton, whom he backed up in that 2002-03 season. His short response: “All-time great basketball player, an incredible career and a winner.”

HIGH REMARKS: Jackson was more chatty when it came to current Jazz players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.

Jackson on Favors: “Big-time talent and ability to rebound the basketball, shoot the basketball, which is underrated. Ability to post up. He’s a big, lively body. He’s certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to learn from guys like (Al) Jefferson and (Paul) Millsap. He’s taken off running.”

Jackson on Hayward: “I like him a lot. His ability to make plays. (He) can play really three positions, the one, two and three — can put them in pick-and-roll situations, can defend all those positions. Has a high IQ. He’s a guy who’s going to have to be dealt with for a long time to come.”

AGGRESSION WANTED: Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was disappointed in his team’s passive style of play that led to a 28-point deficit against the Warriors in Monday’s 98-87 loss.

Corbin has seen his players become less aggressive after picking up early fouls.

“We’ve got to play through that. We can’t afford to pull back,” Corbin said. “We’ve got to play with everything we have and lay it all on the line. … We can’t afford to save fouls. We’ve got to play. If you get a couple of fouls and I leave you on the floor, play aggressive.”

Because of the short-handed situation, Corbin said he needs his main guys to play longer stretches. It makes it tough, however, when they play timidly to avoid getting into bigger foul trouble.

“When we’re aggressive, we’re fine,” he said. “But when we pull back, it’s difficult.”

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