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Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette's Kings to host Jazz tonight

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

One person who did complain about Fredette's playing time was his brother T.J. who, after a Sacramento loss to Miami when Jimmer didn't play, tweeted, "can we please get rid of this interim coach who should be an assistant at best and bring in a real head coach!"

Jimmer, who was not too happy about it, had his brother erase the Twitter feed and apologized.

Jimmer told the Sacramento Bee that T.J. would not be criticizing the coach or team in the future, at least not on Twitter.

"I definitely talked to him about it," Jimmer said. "He obviously regrets it. He's sorry and I'm sorry on behalf of him as well. It's something that will never happen again. We just apologize to everybody — coaches, teammates and everybody."

As for Smart, he said he likes the eight- or nine-man rotation he's been using lately, but he's not giving up on Fredette. In fact, he wants him to look for his shot even more.

"We can work on the point guard (skills) this summer and we want Jimmer to make plays.," Smart told the Sacramento Bee. "But when he comes off a pick, he has to take that shot. He needs to become a little selfish."

And Kings assistant Bobby Jackson had this to say about Fredette.

"I don't worry about Jimmer. He's going to be a player in this league."

After tonight's game, the Jazz come home for a pair of games Wednesday against Houston and Friday against Miami. They go back to Sacramento for a game March 22 and play the Kings at home on March 30.

Email: sor@desnews.com

Jimmer by the numbers

First 20 games

(Minutes, assists & points are per-game avg.)

Minutes FG% 3-pt% Assists Points

24.1 36.5 38.0 2.1 8.8

Since Jan. 28 game in Salt Lake

Minutes FG% 3-pt% Assists Points

15.2 41.3 36.0 1.9 6.3Jazz vs. Kings

Utah (15-17) at Sacramento (11-22)

Tonight, 8 p.m.

Arco Arena

TV: ROOT Radio: 1320 AM

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