Jimmer's move to play 4 years in college: great decision!.Shawn
Bradley's 1-and-done move: not so much.
Players come and goSeasons wax and waneSome are soon mere embersSome glow long in fameTick One One, what of it?The raging fire
still burnsJimmer is the pivotJimmer world still turnsWhile
the heat still warms usWhat is left to say?The Jimmerdom at ProvoMay it never fade away!
I hope this means that more NBA players will stop the primal scream and
celebration after every shot they make. If Jimmer's legacy in the NBA is to
stay cool, that would be great. I am sick of the NBA players' posturing. I
would love to see Clyde Frazier approack back to the game.
I thank Jimmer for giving me a way to annoy my 12-year-old daughter by throwing
his name into any conversation at any time, regardless of relevance. Sample
conversation: Daughter: "Mom, my teeth are a little dingy.
Which toothpaste can we buy that will keep them white?"Mom:
"There are a couple you could try. Next time we go to the store . .
"Me, butting in: "You know who has incredibly white, straight
teeth? Jimmer."Daughter and Wife: (unamused glares)Me:
"Jimmer doesn't care for your attitude."
Jimmer has been a refuge from the storms of life for me. For 40 minutes a
couple of times a week I was able to escape from the realities of life and found
myself cheering, jumping up and down, high fiveing my family. It was awesome!
Jimmer, thanks alot! Now I spend half of our practices (10 yr old girls)
convincing the kids that a 30 footer is not a good shot and that none of them
are Jimmer. Kids don't practice the normal three's anymore, they all have to
jack up Jimmer's from out of bounds.....preciate 'cha.
Some have said Jimmer isn't big enough to play in the NBA. I looked at all
starting point guards in the league, and the average came out to exactly
6'2" and 190#, so Jimmer at 6'2" and 195# is just fine, and he's a lot
stronger than some of those NBA guards, too. His jumping ability at 36"
vertical is probably the median, so I think he'll be fine there, too. His
quickness, despite what some critics say, is excellent. His shooting ability is
really good. His work ethic is second to none. What sets Jimmer apart from
most other players coming out of college is that he has been double and triple
teamed almost every game, something few NBA teams can afford to do. He also has
been defended extremely physically, to the point that he would be drawing fouls
in the NBA, which doesn't let guards to touch opponents away from the basket.
Plus the kid is a great passer and will probably be in the 7 to 9 assists per
game range if he gets to play a lot of minutes. My prediction: impact player,
possibly All Star someday.
I second the "hold off on season tickets" sentiment. Look, I've loved
watching James Fredette this year and hope he's a massive NBA star, but really,
how likely is that? Especially as a rook? Is it theoretically possible? Sure . .
but significantly less than likely.The history of NBA draft is
littered with huge busts, unexpected stars and a few guys who performed right at
expectations. I believe Jimmer will be the latter, but really I have no idea.The least likely scenario, however, is that he'll be a huge star from
day 1. I would be giddy, but really, that would be a shocker. So, to the casual
fans who have jumped on the Jimmerwagon, I'd say "calm down; be
patient" and to the haters I'd say . . well, nothing. If he's a flop,
they'll be smug about it; if he's successful on any level they'll dismiss it for
various convoluted reasons.It's been fun, at any rate. Another win
or four in the Dance would've been nice, but I can't complain.
This decision was the right one in pure financial terms.1. Jimmer
Mania will translate into millions in endorsements. That would not have happened
without this senior year.2. Jimmer's NBA stock has increased dramatically
as a result of this year.@SeattleviewHey we both live in
Federal Way, WA. I bet we know each other.
I add a simple "AMEN" to all the great comments you folks have made
about Jimmer. Just one P.S. however: I would love to be there when #32 Fredette
jersey is hoisted into the rafters at the Marriott Center, which by the way I
helped to build back in 1972. Thanks also to all you classy UTE fans and USU
fans who realize just how much positive recognition Jimmer has brought to the
great State of UTAH.
A fabulous season. It will forever be remembered.As for wisha's, I
wish tha Michael Lloyd could have stayed wity BYU for another year. If, like
the others, he would have botten into supporting the team concept and let
Fredette be the key figure and just come in to support him, the team really
would have had another demension to it. Of course, if Collingsworth could have
stayed healthy that also would have helped the team immensely. With these guys
I expect a final four appearance could have been a reality. Once
again though, I will be satisfied with a wonderful season for BYU.
Amazing Season!Great Advice (except for IMHO).Now the Jimmer
needs to copyright his name.Open a chain of "Jimmer GYMs" where
his uncles training techniques can be used to train future basketball
players.I picture long dark hallways with a light at the end for
practicing dribbling, with alcoves on the side so people can jump out at you.I see teams of 12 year olds going against the kindergarten set, just so they
can figure out how to win against all odds.Well, maybe not. The
Jimmer cannot be replicated, duplicated or imitated. Long live The
Jimmer.Number 3232 winsAveraged over 32 in the NCAA
tournamentThere must be a #32 rafter in the Marriott Center he can
hang his Jersey on.
In my humble opinion: is that your advice to the rest of us? :)There
is a lot of talk of Jimmer not having the right body type, not being athletic,
etc. I recommend a book entitled Outliers. It premise is essentially that
people who are really good at something didn't get there because they have
"natural skill." It happened because they practice more than others.
The author uses some exceptional examples in sports, music and other fields.
For example, musicians who reach the pinnacle in their field have practiced on
average 10,000 hours.Jimmer is where he is because he has put in the
time to be there. Good spiritual lesson for us there too.
"all good advice" or not, honestly, what makes people think that, A),
this is the venue to give it and B), you are the person to give it? (As opposed
to his parents, for example). Seems like hubris to me...
Kay Fredette is a justifiably proud mother, and her comments are the most
insightful in the article. Jimmer is indeed "just a regular, unassuming kid
that happens to play good basketball." That's one of the things that make
him so appealing, and that give us all reason to hope he succeeds. He hasn't
sought the attention, but has handled it with a grace and humility that should
be a model to others.
I like that last part about his mom thought about his son. Yes she will always
be proud of her Jimmer for the rest of her life.
Louisiana Cougar | 5:14 a.m. April 3, 2011 Pineville, LA All
great advice (especially about finding the right mate).Jimmer did
not get where he got by having the right athletic body, but through planning and
work ethic. I see him going as far as he wants to.That being said,
Jimmer's colegiate compares to Cosic, and Ainge. Also Kozlowski, McMahon, Young,
and Detmer in football. If we're lucky, maybe Heaps. Thanks for
making the decision. I believe it will turn out to have been as right a decision
for you to make, as it has been for us as sports fans, from all universities in
the state, and the fans of the MWC who were able to see you play in person, and
on TV this year.
Jimmer will be MVP of the NBA someday. Mark my word. You heard it here first.
It was the right decision. He left great memories for the fans and he will have
great memories for himself for a lifetime. I don't know what kind of an NBA
career he will have, but he'll always be revered on campus. I think a certain
7'6" center would have done better to stay longer in school. I wish Jimmer
the very best. Thanks to the Happy Warrior!
Was Jimmer a McDonalds All-American? If not, what happened to all of those
McDonalds All-Americans four years ago. I think he outplayed them all. Good
luck in the NBA. Signed..UTE Fan
@poyman, I'd hold off on the season tickets. Very few rookies get lots of
playing time their first year. Roddick took 3 o 4 years before he could
contribute, Morrison faded away. Curry I guess did pretty okay his rookie year
(the one most like Jimmer) Rose gave Jimmer a green light that has
never before been seen in the game of basketball. Thats not going to happen
again. Even Steve Nash isn't allowed to take shots Jimmer does.
Super Sid > Jimmer
Thanks, Jimmer, for a great career -- and for my favorite BYU basketball season
ever.Success in life. Find a partner who will respect and honor
you. Treat her the same way. Don't make this season be the high
point of your life. Go on to become as good a husband and father, as committed
an employee and friend, and as caring about others and their success as you have
been an outstanding basketball player.We admire you as a person as
much as we do as a great scorer. Let this season be your convocation, your
beginning for a legacy of greatness in contributing to a troubled world.We need you to do that too!But thanks for an incredible BYU
career and we look forward to seeing you at the next level in the NBA!
When Jimmer's name is mentioned you cannot avoid smiling or thinking something
positive. That's influence!Thanks Jimmer! Thanks for your example!
Wonder what could have happened if those two big guys, forgot their names, had
stayed in school longer?
I have already decided to buy season tix if he plays for a team anywhere close
to me and I have definitely decided to buy the NBA pass so I don't miss any of
his heroics in the NBA next year....I bet that there are a couple of
Ute fans that like to blog with us who will want to do that same thing.... Huh
HH and CB?
Jimmer just reads his Bible, has a strict moral code, a warm smile and a cold,
cold stare when it comes to scoring. Jimmer will be an incredible NBA player.
Thank for the memories, my friend. If the Jazz draft you, I'll come
watch and maybe the Jazz can return to a Final.