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Published: Monday, April 4 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Ann Arbor, MI

How do I join the Reilly fan club? The guy is spot on and funny to boot.

Beaverton, OR

Wouldn't it be great when Fredette does make it, and $10K is split between the General Mission fund for the LDS church and to Catholic charities?

Really - I truly hope Fredette is successful, at whatever he does. He'll do it with class, style, and great warmth. What a class act and a great new example to the younger generation of hopefuls!

Saint George, UT

He will start a game this year. Won't ever be an All-Star.

Mount Olympus
Holladay, UT

Attention BYU fans.

When a columnist makes fun of a BYU sports team or a BYU sports star or claims that the player is not as good as he is hyped up to be, he is not making fun of the LDS church.

Springville, UT

The column was pretty harsh, but Reilly is entitled to his opinion. Who knows if any collage star will go on to NBA stardom. It doesn't mean that the kid wasn't the best of the lot this year. But what annoyed me is that ESPN left the column up for an inordinate amount of time.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mount Olympus

Attention BYU hater:

When a columnist makes fun of BYU fans' LDS beliefs, he is making fun of the LDS religion.

"Great kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku), studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."

Maybe you'd like to explain how Jimmer reading his scriptures in his hotel room in anyway affects his ability to play basketball or how that's not poking fun at Jimmer's, and by extension, LDS religious beliefs.

Longmont, CO

For the most part his column is right on the money. Fredette doesn't play any defense right now. I think that can change though.

Some people say the best thing for him is to go somewhere like the Knicks or Warriors who don't care about defense. I think that would just cement his role in the NBA as a scoring role sub with poor defense.

On the other hand if he goes to a team that will bench him if he is lazy an uninterested on the defensive end he might take it upon himself to learn the other half of the game.

Syracuse, UT

reply: Mount Olympus
In his previous articles he does make fun of the church, he stated that Fredette was too busy studying the bible to be able to perform against Florida.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mount Olympus... you might be right, but go back and read some of the stuff he has written or said about BYU in the past. Reilly has an axe to grind and he just might have something against the LDS church.

Hey hedgehog. Good to see you. It has been awhile since your days in the Utah marching band. Good times man. I hear you are doing well. See ya up at Daybreak or at Rumors.

Holladay, UT

I'm not sure anyone is concerned with the Spring game in Provo. There's nothing on the line for the Cougars, no conference title and no BCS invite. Well, i guess if BYU beats all those WAC teams, you could make the claim the Cougs are WAC champs.

Alpine, UT

hedgehog and Reilly = two peas in a pod

Let me quote you wedgie = "Jimmer is a gimmick!"

Lehi, UT

Attention Mount Olympus:

When a columnist makes fun of the LDS canon and lifestyle of its members, who is he making fun of?

By the way, did Reilly ever win any basketball trophies/awards, let alone PLAY basketball - college basketball?

Draper, UT

Everyone claiming Reilly was making fun of the LDS church. He said, "Great kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku), studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."

Reilly doesn't care much for any type of religion, he didn't mention anything LDS-related specifically. Don't be so sensitive.

LDS Ute fan

Pocatello, ID

As a BYU grad and active member of the church, I didn't feel that Reilly was mocking my beliefs. I do think there are members of my faith who have a bit of a persecution complex and will take any criticism they get straight to the "anti-mormon" card. I did think he was a bit over the top in writing Jimmer's NBA future off, but only time will tell.

Saint George, UT

Uconn may be a better team as a whole than BYU. But James Fredette is the better individual player than Kemba Walker. Don't get me wrong, Kemba is a great player but the stats prove Jimmer is the best player of the year when considering the entire season.

Fresno, CA


Well ... That was random....

Springville, UT

"...studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."

Reilly is backpedaling today and it still does not change a thing. A long history of anti-BYU sentiment and now it's obvious that ESPN has yanked his chain to spin the rhetoric down a little.

Whether or not Jimmer plays or sits on a "padded foldup chair" makes no difference to me. I saw a kid absolutely captivate a nation and garner some awards that most dream about. He will get drafted and that's a dream come true.

And it would not surprise me to hear more about Jimmer down the road. If he has the tenacity to make it this far then...?

Jimmer has been an inspiration. I'll forget Reilly easily, Jimmer on the other hand has given us several moments to cherish for a long long, very long time like this one...

A half court shot as the first half winds down at the Huntsman Center, a buzzer beater... and it's in!!! The Ute crowd goes silent as the few BYU fans and then some Utes fans in astonishment acknowledge what has happened. It's on YouTube. It's there forever!

Humble, TX

C'mon BYU fans (I'm generalizing, I do realize not all fans are the same), Reilly wasn't out to get you. I attend all my meetings, hold FHE with my family, I don't cheer for BYU but share the same faith as most BYU students, and I wasn't the least bit offended. Laugh a little. Nobody is trying to get you. "Thlete" is absolutely right, don't be so sensitive. He didn't make fun of any of our practices. He simply mentioned, Jimmer isn't all the media makes him out to be and won't succeed unless he learns how to play defense in the NBA.

Silly Rabbit
Magna, UT

Its funny, I have been watching too much basketball over the last few decades and ten of those years as a HS school coach, and I really havent seen this much controversy over a basketball player with Utah ties in a long time, if ever. Its hard to tell what Jimmer is going to be like as a Pro, but he will be a Pro in a few months. People say hes to slow, cant jump, doesnt defend, blah, blah, blah. The thing that I have liked about the kid is he works hard, how do I know well it shows in his game. He has learned how to make ridiculous shots and that comes from lots of time in the gym.

When the Jazz drafted Stockton, almost the same things were said about him except they threw in to small, to light, will be over matched, cant shoot consistently.

You just never know how players jumping from the college into pros will turn out. As a lifelong Jazz fan its hard to say this, but Fredette has more tools then Stockton did coming out of College

Washington, UT

Big Soccer and Lonestar Runner.

Rick Reilly's style has always tried to inject some humor in his writing. Look at his quote in context:

"Great kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku), studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem. Fredette and the largely Mormon BYU Nation should've never been made to come to New Orleans. You can sin just by osmosis here.

When I read this it seemed to me he was saying Jimmer had to stay in to read his Bible cause New Orleans is no place for a Mormon. You assume he is saying he was terrible against Florida cause he read his Bible, your overreacting. These knee jerk, we are so picked on as mormons, reactions make us look like over sensitive whiners. JF may or not play in the NBA, either way I don't think it will affect mine or Reillys eternal status. Don't be so sensitive. Laugh a little.

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