Jimmer Fredette to play in two exhibition all-star games in Utah

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  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 23, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Johnny Triumph

    I love how you are the one who determines what is drive and foresight and what is not.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 23, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    @Riddles - I'm not jealous at all, just disappointed that he's choosing to put on a circus show like this. It's just a strange way to keep his brand alive, and he's only doing it here in Utah because that's where his brand is strongest. Maybe he's doing events in the community in Sacramento, I hope he is since that's where his focus should be, not here in Utah.

    Maybe he needs to go and drop 60 in some LA or Harlem summer league...if he wants to be in the class of the true NBA superstars then he'd be better off doing it there rather than in West Valley City, Utah.

    Drive and foresight are different than short term entrepreneurship. Drive and foresight imply a longer term effort to build something. This is nothing more than an attempt to maintain his BYU following and does nothing to increase his brand awareness to different audiences. He'll slowly become irrelevant if he's not careful.

  • onebigdaddy Dillon, CO
    Aug. 23, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    It would be great if they could or would do the same thing in Denver - I live 60+ miles away.

    I am sure that there would be lots of Colorado, Wyo,MT, NM, Kansas that would like to see these guys play.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    6;8: It is very typical for the main name person to utilize others to do most of the training. My son has attended many camps in the sport he loves and the big names make appearances, but at the end of the day he was there to become better at his sport and make some new friends. Hope your son was able to get those things accomplished.

  • Jazz2Win Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    It is my understanding that some or all of the proceeds are being donated to a charity...that is what I heard on the radio today.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 22, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Johnny Triumph

    "so why lessen his brand by putting on some sort of circus show"

    Sounds like you're just jealous that Jimmer has the drive and foresight to do something other than sitting around waiting for the NBA to get it's act together.

    Good for him.

    Sports is first and foremost entertainment.

    Doesn't the NBA, NFL, and MLB do the exact same thing with pre-season/exhibition games? Games that are little more than a way for the leagues to make money letting fans watch live scrimmages of mostly newcomers and bench players? None of those "games" is anymore meaningful than what Jimmer is organizing.

  • 6'8 Lehi, Utah
    Aug. 22, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    I'm on the side of Johnny Triumph on this one. Jimmer had a basketball clinic for young kids last month, dubbed it as though he'd be there all week, and really didn't make many appearances. He had others provide the training and he put his name on it to attract all those kids and parents who became enamored with him at BYU last season.

    Great kid in so many ways, but my son and I felt a bit of a bait and switch on the "Jimmer" camp.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    I will probably buy tickets but first I need to know what the rosters look like. I don't really care to see NBA washouts and wannabes. If guys like Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Derrick Williams, and Kyrie Irving are coming, then put me down for some tickets.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    @rockon - sure, meant it as slightly derisive toward him. With other endorsements (can't find the link on DN right now) he should be fine, so why lessen his brand by putting on some sort of circus show. I'd bet that, even without an NBA contract yet, he's still doing better than most of us.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Yo Johnny... do you think he's more "desperate" for a paycheck (and I suspect the way you said it you meant to be insulting, but hope you understand everyone needs income unless they're a Democrat and are living off someone else)... or is he tired of pick up games, drills and practice and needs some live competition to keep his skills sharp at a higher level?

    And, maybe he's got some impresario blood in him.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    Sounds like someone's getting deperate for a paycheck!

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Aug. 22, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Who cares?

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Great idea, good to see Jimmer & others acting and not simply being acted upon by the NBA strike. Hope they do not play on Sunday.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Aug. 22, 2011 10:40 a.m.


    Kind of a "for grins" game.

    I like Fisher and Rose doing the coaching.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Aug. 22, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    I think this is a great plan. I would like to see him take the show to Sacramento and to other NBA cities. It will be a good way for fans to get to see the new guys. Then if the old timers want to join in they can create a new league. Of course this will make the NBA owners upset, or possibly some of the other players, but lets play ball.