Wildcat,Good response. It would be nice to hear more about Lillard.
I hope that your "Lillard Watch" is successful. Jimmermania may seem
to be decreasing nationwide, but its alive. The nationwide sports networks
don't cover him anymore, but that doesn't mean he's been
forgotten. We're less than a month into the season, and I'm still
willing to bet Jimmer has greater name recognition than Lillard. Comments alone
on this thread prove that point. Comments have been made from readers in eight
different states. BYU's nationwide following is keeping the flames alive,
until/if Jimmer gets his chance in the right situation.Respectful
OCougI like to read about all sports teams in Utah. I have less
interest in BYU, but I like to read about Fredette--when it is warranted.
Lillard was 10th in the NBA in scoring last I checked. I have to
respectfully disagree with you and say Jimmermania is dead it has its last
embers about to go out with the D-News fanning them like crazy to keep it alive.
The NBA and the Nation at large currently are more interested in
Lillard than Jimmer--most might even have forgotten Fredette plays in the NBA
still.He is a good kid...really, I don't think Sacramento is a
good fit, but I don't see Jimmer anything better than a role player off the
bench--which is great, it is the NBA. I hope Fredette finds a better fit, but
for the greater good, I will post on the comments and start a Lillard watch
since the "professionals" at the DesNews won't. Cheers
O-Coug,A fellow Ogdenite, Wildcat
As an overweight, out of shape, Weber State Alum, church ball all-star, I do
find great inspiration from the Jimmer. The guy is so popular he is known by
one name ala Pele, Ruth, Jordan, Kobe, Montana etc. (Before anyone gets all
huffy about comparisons, realize I'm comparing popularity not game impact.)
But it is nice to see a guy in the NBA with less tattoos than he has fingers
and toes. That being said, the fact is that the majority of the
state could care less about Weber State sports. That fact is probably a driving
factor for Damien Lillard not getting the attention he deserves. Jimmer is
still riding the wave of Jimmermania from college, if you want to stop seeing
stories on Jimmer, stop reading, commenting and viewing them. Until then, the
Deseret News, KSL, KUTV2, etc. will continue to cover his career ad nauseam for
I'm puzzled by the attention lavished on Fredette while Damian Lillard
rarely gets mentioned at all. He's a starting point guard at Portland.
He's been an instant impact player. Lillard is currently on track to be
rookie of the year. He's a great local story, but you wouldn't know it
by reading these columns. I'm sure "the Jimmer" is fine young man
with a great three-point shot, but come on, is he really doing anything at
Sacramento that merits this breathless attention and screaming headlines while
Lillard is largely ignored? This is supposed to be the Sports section, not the
Jimmer Fan Club.
Silly Utes wouldn't know talent if it dropped 47 points on them in their
@56chevyYou tell us not to compare the Lillard and Jimmer but you just did
by comparing what impact they'll have on the nba. How do you figure Jimmer
will have a bigger impact on the NBA?? it's not that I don't like
jimmer. He is a stud and can shoot the heck out of it... but you've got to
be able to do more, and all i'm saying is that I'd rather read about
Lillard who is actually doing something in the league. Wildcat is right,
Lillard has begun his NBA career, and is going to start it well with a Rookie of
the Year award.
Yes D-News, we get it, Jimmer is inspiration to out-of-shape, church basketball
ball hogs everywhere--good for you. Some of the D-News obsession with Jimmer
borders on Kathy Bates' obsession with James Caan's character in
Misery, and is probably just as unhealthy.Lillard has a strong
possibility of being rookie of the year. Lillard has an NBA career while Jimmer
comes off the bench in garbage time.Lillard's is better and
will always be better, period, finito, end-o-story. Jimmer has a
shooting problem, two hands and only one basketball!
I don't understand all the hate and angst for Jimmer. I would never be
known as a U fan, but I still like to see Alex Smith, Andre Miller, Andrew
Bogut, Eric Weddle and other former Utes do well. Its nice for me to see
apparently "good guys" succeed.Will Jimmer be an All-Star?
Probably not.Can he come in and make a momentum swing by hitting a couple
of threes? Yes.Few point guards in the league are what you would call
defensive stoppers.All he needs (as Matt Harpring noted) is the right fit
and he can be a role player similar to Steve Kerr. Kerr was certainly no iron
curtain.Three point shooting is at a premium in the NBA. Look at the Jazz
this season, only Paul Millsap and Randy Foye have a three point shooting
percentage over 40%.
Quit comparing D. Lillard to Jimmer. No comparison in careers and affect on
Utah basketball. We wish Lillard well but he will not have the impact on the
NBA that Jimmer eventually will.
Riddles in the dark is totally right. byu fans never boo.
Can we get a daily Andre Miller watch? He's at #10 on the All-Time NBA
Assist Leader list.
Ahhh, Utah fans booing Jimmer...someone please cue the Max Hall quote.
Enough with the Jimmer watch. He played 6 minutes in the last game... cool.
Let's watch someone that is actually playing. D. Lillard will be the
rookie of the year!!
Lvalfre just likes to diss on anything LDS/BYU. Fact is, Jimmer can be a good
NBA player. All he needs is a real coach and team with a limited amount of
spoiled, petualant, self styled uber egos and he might just flourish.
@LaValfreJimmer is still number 12 in the NBA Player Efficiency
Rating, scoring almost a point a minute, leading the Kings in field goal
percentage (no cherry pickers either), free throw percentage and has a
respectable assist to turnover ratio and is playing much better defense. Why
would anybody, unless you're a hard-core Jimmer-hater, think that he will
not make it in the NBA. His play is much improved even on a lousy team and his
history is that he always improves (called character and work ethic). As Yogi
famously put it, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Jimmer
isn't even close to over. BTW, if only Mormons are watching him, why do
you always comment on his progress?
Jimmer haters are pretty funny. Guess you guys didn't catch that the Kings
have already picked up Jimmer's option for the 2013-2014 season. He's
got at least a couple more years to prove himself. His stats are vastly improved
this year over last. That doesn't mean he's "made it", but it
definitely shows progression. I'm hoping the Kings give up on him so he can
be dealt to a team with a real system. Even if Jimmer doesn't blossom into
a guy that will stick long-term in the NBA, he is already guaranteed several
years in the NBA raking in top-10 draft pick coin. Not bad at all.
Jimmer is anything but done in the NBA. He will never play for Keith Smart but
once he is traded or becomes a FA, he will play for a team that shares the ball,
does not whine like babies all the time, and is not racially motivated. Jimmer
will become a good NBA player.
LValfreCHICAGO, IL"Jimmer's done. Only people
noticing him our BYU/Mormons."So which are you?Jimmer may not ever be a starter, but he could still be a very valuable bench
player for a team and coach that's smart enough to utilize a deadly spot-up
3-point shooter with unlimited range.
He'll end up with the Celtics. You wait.
How about a Lillard watch?
Jimmer's done. Only people noticing him our BYU/Mormons.
Of course they are going to give Jimmer a few more minutes in Utah. Nothing like
playing to the home crowd!But make no mistake, Jimmer is on his way
out. He needs to start looking for a flat in Europe somewhere.
"The former BYU great was greeted with a mix of cheers from the BYU fans and
boos from the Utah fans,..."Utah fans (BYU haters) keepin'
it "classy", as usual.Free Jimmer!