ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When he graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 Daniel Faris had no idea how long or if he would still play basketball on the next level. Six years later Faris is all smiles when talking about his basketball career.
“I shot for the stars trying to be in the NBA and I landed in the clouds and still playing now,” said Faris. He started in the Netherlands, playing for one year. After that it’s been all Lebanon.
“I was lucky to actually get a Lebanese passport and become a dual citizen,” said Faris. “That’s the reason I was in Lebanon so long is because they let me play as a local and help my career.”
Faris is in New Mexico once again, helping with Lobo Camp. Afterall, Albuquerque is home and Faris has a wife and kids to look after every time he returns from overseas play.
The game has taken it’s toll on the 28-year-old six-foot-nine forward. Faris is due for a fourth surgery to repair an ACL injury. If he feels good enough, he will play yet another season. That is still up in the air.
“I don’t know what is going to happen,” said Faris. “I already retired twice with bad knees. Who knows.”