Kings coach Paul Westphal sees Jimmer Fredette as great fit for Kings

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  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    June 29, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Westphal has been enamored with Jimmer since he worked out for the Kings. He liked Kemba Walker as well and you can't fault him for that either. So it came down to a decision between Jimmer and Kemba and the owners said to go with Jimmer because he would sell more tickets - you can't fault them for that either, they are losing money and need to sell more tickets or else move the franchise. Jimmer was the best of both worlds - a player who will sell lots of tickets AND help them win games.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    June 28, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    What does being a Jaxx fan have to do with "I will now follow the kings"? So your gonna be fan of not one but two terrible teams.

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    June 27, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Crown the King and may Sacramento win an NBA championship. Westphal couldn't win a Championship when he played for the Phx Suns but with Jimmer aboard the chemistry might just come together for him to bring a Championship to Sacramento. Now I can root for both the Suns and Kings to beat the Jazz when I attend!

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 26, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Guess what bigutefan, it was the president of basketball operations not the coaches that didn't want to draft him.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 26, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    a lot of bandwagoners here...dont get me wrong....i would love to have jimmer play in Utah....but when the kings play against Utah...jimmer would probably drop 30...but....the final score...Utah beating Sacramento by on it...proud to be a Utah fan...


    you probably Booed the stockton is a great player...but you do know he would bolt on us once his contract is up right? how do you think we would be...if we didnt trade deron...and he left?...we would look stupid not grabbing the trade nets offered...good thing you are not the GM...

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    June 26, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    bigutefan | 1:22 a.m. June 25, 2011

    Wow you really went searching for something negative huh?

    One article out of hundreds that is negative, and goes against everything they are telling the other papers.

    Way to slooth that one out.

    I wonder if you have other motives?...., hmmmm

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 25, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    @bigutefan: The team that scores the most points is the winner. You might have noticed that this past season. I'm sure Utah had a fine defensive team.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 25, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    @ Ernesto de Bajo,

    Nope. Just "King Jimmer."

    He'll rule out there.

  • Ernesto de Bajo Albuquerque, NM
    June 25, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    In college, Jimmer was royalty, the unquestioned King of the Jimmerdom at Provo (aka BYU).

    In the NBA, will Jimmer be (1) a King, (2) The King or (3) a wannabee King?

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    June 25, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    I'm definitely not a Kings fan but I can't wait to watch them play this year. Jimmer is a great fit there... I'm happy for him but sad for me, it would have been nice to see him with the Jazz.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    June 25, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    yes, the defenseless one is out of here, now maybe your utes can win a game at home against the cougs. Talk about defenseless, giving up 48 points sounds pretty defenseless to me.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    June 25, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    personally hope Jimmer does well and the Kings are horrible and they trade him away....just can't picture all the zoobs wearing the Kings gangsta gear.

  • mikeberwald LYDIA, LA
    June 25, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    most of the so-called "experts" gave the kings a low grade on their draft. Maybe Jimmer will prove them wrong. One thing for sure is a team that was good offensively just got better, but I fear the other side of the coin will be just as true, a defensively bad team just got worse.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    June 25, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    Sportsline reported today that the coaches at Sacramento did not want to draft the one trick pony. The management insisted and made the decision. Already off to a bad start, so glad this circus is over, the defenseless one is outta here, yeah!

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Teach me to Jimmer!

    Kings are gonna love this guy!

    I have always been a Paul Westphal fan. Kings will be fun to watch next few years. Jimmer, Tyreke, Cousins, Salmons...

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 24, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Jimmer will jimmer the 9 teams that passed on him, over and over and over again.

    Many thought he shouldn't have even been a top ten pick, but those doubters either had rose-colored glasses (BYU haters), or simply didn't watch him enough to know how he operates.

    Jimmer's been drive all his life to prove doubters wrong, and that won't change in the NBA. He's already shown in workouts that he's not at all out of his league.

    Too bad the Jazz couldn't move up their 12th pick. They did what they should have with their 3rd (you can't "buy" that kind of center).

    Gonna be fun watching King Jimmer!

  • AZ Dave Chandler, AZ
    June 24, 2011 5:37 p.m.


  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    June 24, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    "...Fredette averaged 28.9 points as a senior and was the consensus National Player of the Year. Fredette had the best range of any shooter in the draft...".

    "...Fredette, who made 39.6 percent of his three-point attempts last season, will be expected to play significant minutes as a rookie...".

    "We think he'll fit in well with our roster," said Kings coach Paul Westphal of Fredette. "I think of him as a point guard. He plays the pick-and-roll well. He's a good passer, obviously he's a great shooter."

    The JAZZ passed over this for "Bricks".

    Obviously, Westphal has no idea what he's talking about...

    But wait...

    "...Paul Westphal won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1974 NBA Finals. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, from 197781, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor. Later, he would return to the Finals in 1993 as Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns...".

    Fredette's resume is good enough for Westphal, but not good enough for KOC.

    It will be interesting to follow the career's of "Bricks" and Fredette to see if KOC was right.

  • RR Omaha, NE
    June 24, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    I think I'm a Kings fan now too. This coach clearly sees good talent. All those teams who picked international players will be sorry they passed on Jimmer. I'm glad he's in a place where he is needed right now. I too think thousands of people will now follow the fans, and the NBA will get more money when Jimmer travels because people will pay to see him live. I do think that people will cheer for Jimmer even when he makes a basket in SLC. You will hear cheers on both sides, and man how fun would that be to be there!

  • Chris Degn Seoul, Korea
    June 24, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Jazz made a mistake here letting Jimmer go.

    He very well may have been the next John Stockton for them. Hope to see Jimmer make Rookie of the Year. And wouldn't it be cool, since he lives to prove people wrong, if actually one day led the league like Stock in steals (peaple say he can't defend) and assists (people say he doesn't give up the rock).

    We shall see. The one that got away...

  • JustintimeY Boise, Id
    June 24, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Many Jazz fans pulled for the Mavs and many more will now follow the Kings. I have followed the Jazz since the Dantley, Green and Golden Griff days but will now be a huge fan of the Kings. The Jazz have made several bad decisions in the last few years, I was one fan that did not want to see Deron leave. Will now be a Jimmer fan as I have adopted the Colts with Collie. Would have love to see Jimmer with the Jazz but their loss is the Kings gain.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 24, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    @Lone Star
    I'm a Mavs fan and now a Kings fan also. I was a Jazz fan, but sort of lost interest in them after Malone and Stockton moved on. I think the Kings just picked up millions of new fans. I can't wait to watch Jimmer light it up in the NBA.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    June 24, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    I am now a Mavs fan and a Kings fan. I can't wait for the Jimmer Kings jersey or t-shirt to come out. I will wear it proudly here in Dallas!