Brad Gilbert

August 1, 2014

On a recent trip to California, the Privett family had an unlikely encounter at the LAX International Airport in Los Angeles. After spotting a tall man in the airport struggling with the luggage cart machine, and seeing people sneaking pictures of the man, they did what any Southwest Oklahoma family would do - they checked it out. They inquired his name, asked him to pause his activity for a couple of pictures, and then opened their wallet to offer a $5 bill to help the young man get a luggage cart. When Jane Privett learned the tall man’s name was Andrew Wiggins, she had the same thought most of us would have. “Who is Andrew Wiggins?”

Well, those of us who consider the NBA season over when the Thunder are through playing, may have missed all the off-season action. Andrew Wiggins was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA draft. On July 24, just two days after Mrs. Privett offered him $5 help, Wiggins signed a standard rookie scale contract and will earn $4.59 million this year. This is of course separate from his $10-$12 million shoe deal with Adidas. That’s a very large amount to give a kid. Looking at this photo, it’s hard not to see three kids. Cousins Noah Rudkins and Evan Privett are on the left and right respectively. Andrew Wiggins is the tall kid in the middle. And by the way, he refused to take the $5 offered by the Altus family.