Interview with Giddens: J.R. and Dianna

J.R. Giddens and his mother share their thoughts on the Kansas hoops signee's signee's recent legal woes, life in high school and his future in Lawrence.

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Throughout the ups and downs of the past month, Dianna Giddens' trust in her son, J.R., has never wavered.

"Nothing is disappointing, because we love God," said Dianna, during an interview with Phog.net THIS PAST WEEKEND. "If you love God, you know things happen. You just get stronger and build yourself back up again. That's part of life."

Despite J.R.'s latest setback, a stress fracture in his left foot, which will sideline the 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing forward until at least Jan. 28, Dianna said she's still optimistic about this season and her son's hoops future at Kansas.

"He's a quick healer," said Dianna, who described her son's injury as a "sharp shooting pain" throughout his entire left leg. "He'll get better, but we have to let him rest. I don't want him rushing back to the court if he's not healthy."

For now, Dianna said her son is treating the injury with a "bone stimulator," which he uses daily for 30 minutes. She said his therapy is being supervised by the same Oklahoma City doctor who treated a torn ligament in J.R.'s right knee last May.

"We're doing what we can for him," said Dianna. "It's all in God's hands."

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Phog.net: What are your thoughts on your recent arrest?

J.R. Giddens: "That was a difficult time for me, because a lot of people were talking and bad-mouthing me unfairly. They didn't even know what happened. I don't even think about it anymore. It was a learning experience and now I've moved on."

Phog.net: Can you shed any light on how the case was "resolved?"

Giddens: "I won't say, but again, it's been taken care of it. I'm not going to get into specifics about what happened. I'm very blessed and ready to put the focus back on the court."

Phog.net: How are your classes going?

Giddens: "Everything's great. I've already passed my ACT and I'll graduate in May."

Phog.net: Do you still plan on competing in any other sports this spring?

Giddens: "I'll have to wait and see. Right now, I'm not so sure, because of my foot. I might give up baseball, but I don't know about track. Maybe I'll just stick to basketball."

Phog.net: Have you given any additional thought to your future at Kansas?

Giddens: "I can't wait to get up there. They've been hurt by injuries this season, but they've really stepped and kept playing. I like that. They're a great team."

Phog.net: J.R., thanks for your time today and good luck with the injury.

Giddens: "No problem, I'm on your site all the time. That's how I keep up with Darnell Jackson, LeBron James, Omar Wilkes and David Padgett. Tell everybody I said, ‘what's up.'"


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