J.R. Giddens knows the uneasy feeling that comes with a draft. “Teams guaranteed me that they were going to draft me and they didn’t draft me,” said Giddens. “I am in there squeezing my brothers hand and looking at him at one point I asked, am I even going to get drafted? What’s going to happen? Then they ended up calling my name.
When he was selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft Giddens was ready to show the world his skills. It never quite worked out in Boston and Giddens found himself out of the NBA two and a half years later. He rebounded nicely by finding work overseas.
The former University of New Mexico Lobo guard continues to play ten years later. His latest stop has been in South America. Since he started his travels Giddens has fathered a son. That has matured the once wild Giddens.
He is back at UNM during the offseason, trying to complete his bachelor’s degree in University Studies. Giddens believes he has about 3 to 6 years of playing left. He hopes to coach once he is finished. “I never felt this way until about a year and a half ago,” said Giddens. “I am trying to share all of my experience and pass it on to the younger guys and make them better than I was.” He said his dream job is to return to Albuquerque one day and coach the Lobos.