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Local flavor in the NBA: Fredette and Davies finish regular season on a high note

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  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    April 25, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Watched a lot of the NBA playoffs. Lilliard is a star. Andre Miller is helping his team. Bogut is hurt or would be starting. Jimmer doesn't get off the bench. A fair assessment of the states "legends" and a lot shorter than the article.

    What I do find amusing are some posters that continue to feel Jimmer isn't getting a fair shake. If he could help the Bulls right now he would be playing.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 25, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    Yeah, a school's alums playing professionally ONLY count if they graduated in the last 5 years!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    April 25, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    Chris B

    "We heard for years the only reason jammer was succeeding in sacrament was because it was a terrible organization with a bad coach and selfish players."

    I'm sure jImmer succeeds in [the] sacrament--almost every Sunday. Thus, I presume you meant Sacramento?

    "Well, he's now with a great franchise and a great coach and very unselfish players."

    Aren't the Bulls down 2-0 in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Wash Wizards of all teams? I guess the franchise, coach, and players aren't such good straw men for your argument.

    "And yet they still don't want him on the court."

    Then why did they SIGN him?

    Finally, Chris, here on this board everyone can see how you never respond to valid comments that are uncomfortable for you. Prime example is your silence re: no Utes leaving in the last 5 years are playing in the NBA.....yeah, the silence is deafening.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    April 25, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    I have to ask, Chris . . what's your promise if Jimmer's still in the NBA five years from now? You seem really eager to laugh at him and his fans as he leaves for Europe. If you turn out to be wrong, will you be man enough to own it?

  • Picardy Provo, UT
    April 25, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    Chris B,

    You underestimate your remarkable propensity for pestiferous prognostication! We are all sure that your reminders will be much more frequent (but equally pestilential) than you have so humbly here suggested.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 25, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Chris:
    Congrats on your prediction...I think you may have broken the 5% accuracy mark on this one.

    You should relish every "I told you so" since it's about as rare as PAC12 road wins for U.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Yankees and old,

    We heard for years the only reason jammer was succeeding in sacrament was because it was a terrible organization with a bad coach and selfish players.

    Well, he's now with a great franchise and a great coach and very unselfish players.

    And yet they still don't want him on the court.

    I predicted Jimmer wouldn't last more than a few years in the NBA. My guess is within 2 more years he'll be in Europe, for good.

    And I'll remind you all "I told you so"

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 25, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    The problem with Jimmer is he's a shooting guard in a PG's body. He's a defensive liability because it's difficult to play him alongside a true point guard because it will create mismatches in size on the perimeter with 6-6 & 6-7 shooting guards. Jimmer is not a PG, never really has been a PG. That's why he won't get significant minutes anywhere he goes...it's tough to match up with a 6-2 SG that struggles defensively. I love Jimmer but lets face it, he's never going to be a high minutes starting player in the NBA. It hurts to say it but I think that's reality.

  • AZ Palm Coug Provo, UT
    April 25, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    No one is asking that Jimmer start at this point. Just give him minutes and let him boost the O.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 25, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    "No one--but you--has said any such thing about Jimmer's time with the Bulls."

    Actually...

    "His coach believes that being stubborn is a great quality. Yes, when you are stubborn...you get to be stubborn."

    In reality, he's not as bad as Chris wants to believe he is, but it's clear he's not good enough for valuable minutes at this point in his career. He may end up a good NBA starter, I don't have a crystal ball, but I read the argument a lot of "How could they know if he's any good if they don't play him?" Coaches and teammates have a better look him day-to-day in practices, shoot-arounds, etc. than the fans do from a small sample size in games. Thibodeau is a good coach with the misfortune of a snakebitten star for the last few years. He's going to do what it takes to make his team better. There is no vast conspiracy against Jimmer, and to his credit, I think he understands this, I don't see him making an issue of it. The fans (and detractors) shouldn't either.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    April 24, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    Chris,

    Last I checked, when the Bulls gave Jimmer decent minutes he put in 17 points. He produces offensively almost every time he steps on the court. There will be a place for him in the NBA somewhere.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    April 24, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    Chris B
    "They are just unfair and wont play him because its a bad organization and bad coaching."

    No one--but you--has said any such thing about Jimmer's time with the Bulls. You might want to shush.

    BTW, for recent grads, say the last five years, you should note that Lillard [Weber St], Fredette [BYU], and Davies [BYU] are the only Utah collegians playing in the NBA.

  • Missouri loves BYU Lebanon, MO
    April 24, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    I am OK with Jimmer not getting minutes at this point in the season with Chicago. They had a system that was working and generating wins. Why risk messing it up. He is on a team that excels on the defensive end. He had nothing to gain in Sacramento. At least in Chicago he plays with guys who play as a team.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    April 24, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Chicago isn't going anywhere in the playoffs without offense; it's difficult to see what it could hurt to put Fredette on the floor against Washington. The trolls' hatefulness notwithstanding, I think there has to be a place in the NBA for a 49% three-point shooter. It's about the only thing that might rekindle the slightest bit of my interest in the NBA.

  • Wildfan Ogden, UT
    April 24, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    Lillard is the MAN!!!! He is doing great, representing Utah well and I hope they make the Western Conference finals.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    April 24, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    Yeah, it totally doesn't make sense to use a player that is one of the leaders in shooting threes on a team that is last in the NBA in threes, shooting percentage, and has a hard time scoring.

    Some will say he's a defensive liability. He may not be the best, but he has a great attitude, tries his best, and compared to the efficiency of some he'd replace, it's a good option.

    His coach believes that being stubborn is a great quality. Yes, when you are stubborn...you get to be stubborn.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Jimmer needs to be freed from Chicago!

    They are just unfair and wont play him because its a bad organization and bad coaching.

    Free Jimmer!