Report: Lucas quits on JaMarcus Russell

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Adam Caplan

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Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who was selected first overall in the 2007 draft, no longer has former NBA player John Lucas working with him, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

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Lucas, who had been working with Russell as a “life coach” since last September, has aided troubled professional athletes over the years. The report attributed the split to Russell's apparent lack of effort in getting in shape.

“The title of your article should be, ‘It’s Over,’ ” an unnamed source told the website. “It’s just amazing that you could say that about somebody who is 25 years old and just got drafted four years ago. But it’s been almost a year since he got cut and there’s no interest. Even before the lockout, nobody wanted to get near the kid.”

Russell, who was waived by the Raiders in May 2009, still has not signed with a team since his release.

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