Courtesy Travis Hansen
PROVO — Jimmer Fredette and I became friends in August 2010 right before his explosive senior year at BYU. When I heard he was in town, we arranged to catch up and chat about his recent engagement, the NBA lockout and what his plans are for the future. Needless to say, Jimmer is an amazing basketball player and more importantly a great person. It was fun to catch up. Here is part of our conversation.
Travis: How's life after BYU?
Jimmer: It's been great. It's definitely a little different. You know, I haven't really got to start my new career yet, so it almost feels like I'm still at BYU even though I'm not going to classes and I'm not part of the basketball team.
Travis: What did you do after getting drafted?
Jimmer: I was able to go back to New York for a couple weeks and relax with my family, my friends and my fiancé — now fiancé — and that was good. A couple weeks later, I started to go all over the country doing different things; I went to the ESPYs, a celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe and a bunch of different stuff. It was a fun time, really great. I had great experiences and I met some unbelievable people, great athletes and famous people. Then I went back to New York in August. I ran a camp at my high school. Then I came back out here [to Utah] and I have been here ever since just working out basically.
Travis: How do you keep in shape?
Jimmer: You know, it's a grind. You've got to go out and practice. I always work out two times a day. In the morning I will go do my lifting and my explosive drills and conditioning. Then in the afternoons I will do all my basketball skill work. It's a good contrast. The biggest part about it is normally the off-season would be over now, but you need to continue to work as if it's the off-season, to keep yourself motivated and get better even though you're not playing or practicing.
Travis: What are your thoughts on the NBA lockout?
Jimmer: It's definitely tough, especially as an incoming rookie. You want to get your career started, to be in the NBA and fulfill your dream, but it's just on hold right now. I hope that both sides come to an agreement fairly soon and I hope that it's a good deal for both sides. Hopefully, they will come to an agreement soon … and we can start playing basketball again.
Travis: What are you going to do if the NBA locks out all season?
Jimmer: I am not 100 percent sure yet, I will have to wait and see. I am just waiting it out. By the end of December or January we will know if the season's going to be over. If it is over then I think a lot of people will have to look elsewhere to play basketball, whether they play here in the U.S. or if there's something overseas. So that is something that we will have to worry about once the season is completely over.
Travis: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Jimmer: Hopefully, I'll still be in the NBA, but finishing up my career. I don't know what NBA team I will be on (at that point), but hopefully I will have started a family. When my career is over, settle down in a nice area, maybe in Denver or somewhere in New York.
Travis: You touched on your fiancé a little bit — do you mind telling us how you got engaged and when that happened?
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