During warm-ups, J.R. Giddens played to the crowd and delighted them to several of his trademark dunks and deep threes and the experience carried over into the game when he came out hot.
“Honestly, I was just trying to go out there and get loose,” said Giddens. “Today is the first day I was really able to dunk with my shoulder being bruised and injured. I was just happy to be able to throw a couple of them down, it wasn’t nothing too fancy.”
Like the rest of his teammates, Giddens has been impressed by the support of the Kansas fans.
“We have the greatest fans on the face of this earth. They travel all the way out to Canada and then drive an hour and a half or two hours just to watch us play. Those guys are some ride or die fans, I mean rock chalk Jayhawk for life, just unbelievable.”
In his 23-point outburst against Fraser Valley, Giddens connected on several deep threes, some midrange jumpers and also took the ball to the hole on a few occasions. After being sidelined for the summer because of surgery, he’s working just like the rest of his teammates to get back into shape and was appreciative of the early games.
“I think that we’re still rusty. I know I’ve got a lot of kinks to work out of my system just like the rest of the guys,” said Giddens. “I think this is just a learning experience for us to come out here and you know actually get into a groove and get an early peek at what exactly is going to happen in the system.
Although he isn’t back to 100% yet, Giddens is sure that he’ll be ready for the upcoming season.
“I know I’m going to go home and rehab, and I’ll be 100% by the time the season starts. Coming off those surgeries like me and Keith you can see that we are like a step slow and we have no legs. After every game my knee swells and my shoulder hurts, but my legs have just got to get back in shape so I don’t run out of gas.”