Blue roundup: Rick Reilly admits he was wrong about Jimmer Fredette

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  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Dec. 23, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    It's funny how some clueless fans dismiss Jimmer's early success in the NBA because he's only played in a couple of exhibition games. The fact is, Jimmer is now playing against NBA-level talent! Even the "lowly" Warriors and Kings would trash the very best college teams. How many college teams have a complete roster of NBA-level talent?

  • ESPN Ken Loomis, CA
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    I went to the Kings vs Warriors game the other night. As soon as Tyreke Evans learns to kick the ball to Jimmer after he drives and the defense collapses, look out. An Jimmer can definitely get his shot off on his own. I'm not going out too far on a limb when I say that at some point in his NBA career, Jimmer will go off for 50 pts or more in a game.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    Jimmer hasn't proved anything. The season hasn't even started. Examine this a year from now when something is on the table.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Dec. 23, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    lowly warriors? Oh my! lol...... If that is the case what does that say of the Kings? Are they really the Peasants? I mean seriously! 1) If we beat you we can't be lowly... Secondly, it is only the preseason so really O'Rielly may have been premature in his eating crow..... He hasn't officially started an NBA game until it is regular season. That is when the stats count, that is when it matters most.... There are those 2-0 teams that will start off very rocky... There are those 0-2 teams that will start white hot and make serious noise.... The pre-season games are pay to view practices against teams from other cities in most cases (all save Los Angeles).

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    @ Man in Charge

    "Kanter has also went 2 years basically without playing a game."

    ....has also went.....

    To which school do we give credit for your astounding use of the english language?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Well to be fair proving rick reilly wrong isn't exactly hard to do.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 23, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    I wonder if Jimmer could get his team to change colors to BYU (formerly USU) blue?

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Dec. 23, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    @ Man in Charge

    Eric Kanter will someday be the answer to the trivia question, "Who did the Utah Jazz draft when they could have drafted Jimmer Fredette?"

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    Dec. 23, 2011 8:07 a.m.


    "In two games. Jimmer (10th pick) has scored 33 points. Kanter will score his 33rd (3rd pick) point sometime in mid-February."

    It's way too early to tell if Kanter will be a bust or not. 2 preseason games don't tell you that.

    Kanter is a lot closer to averageing 10 rebounds per game than Jimmer is. He also plays much better defense so far.

    Just because somebody can't score as good doesn't make them worthless on the court.

    Any coach will tell you that scoring isn't everything.

    Kanter has also went 2 years basically without playing a game.

  • Cougar Alumni Beaver, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:30 a.m.


    "But the hype? Oh man. It is Tebow-esque. Let's hope it's not Ricky Martin-esque."

    Wouldn't that be AWSOME if Jimmer made a stand like Tebow in his belief in Jesus Christ?

    What a phenomenal missionary tool.

    Got to admit, the guys impressive!

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Rick Reilly eats crow, its about time!

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Dec. 23, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    The Jazz blew it by not picking him at 3. He was a proven player, played 4 years on college. Kanter had zero. It will turn out to be the biggest missed opportunity in Jazz history. I hope I am wrong and Kanter has a stellar career. He is a mystery player, and player picked over a known quality and backyard hero.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    There should have been no doubt that Jimmer could play. I like the prose of Reilly but his analysis of Jimmer's ability was truly innane. Some of these blowhards really don't know sport like they think they no sport.

    The bottom line is that Jimmer can shoot. He can create his own shot. That again should have been obvious to anyone that knows anything about athletics, let alone basketball. And when was the last time BYU won two games in the NCAA tournament, or went two years in the tournament where they won a game. I don't think Jimmer's arrival with that happening was an accident like Larry Bird leading Indiana State to the Final Four should have indicated Bird was a talent, arguably the best player in NCAA history because what has Indiana State exactly done before OR after his arrival? Jimmer, like Tebow, was popular and people like Reilly went to ridiculous levels to put him down, over analyzing themselves into complete stupidity. Add on the race issue and this analysis even got more insipid.

    I'm not saying Jimmer will be Larry Bird but he will be a good pro.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Jimmer was described Tuesday during the Warriors game by Jim Barnett as "the real deal". Unlike Reilly, Barnett knows talent when he sees it.

    BYU has another great guard by the name of Carlino. Things look very good in Provo.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Way to go Jimmer! Keep up the good work.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    This was a silly wager to make. Even if Jimmer ends up being nothing more than "a good backup player" he would still start a game eventually for one reason or another. Maybe injuries. Maybe due to being on a terrible team which is a guarantee when you're drafted so high.

    "Now pass the hat among the ute trolls and see if we can make it $10,000 for Jimmers charity. They don't seem capable of that level of class. "

    Pretty sure trolls don't have income. Wait what is Jimmer's charity of choice anyway?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:21 p.m.


    Rick Reilly has the class to admit he was wrong about Jimmer. Now pass that hat among the cougar trolls and see if we can make it $10,000 for Alex Smith's favorite charity. They don't seem capable of that level of class.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Rick Reilly has the class to admit he was wrong about Jimmer. Now pass the hat among the ute trolls and see if we can make it $10,000 for Jimmers charity. They don't seem capable of that level of class.

    Dec. 22, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    Are you people really buying this? I love Jimmer, but Reilly probably had this article written the day after he published the first one. He realizes the hit in reads he has taken since the article and is somewhat mocking Jimmer by publishing this after the 2nd game of the pre-season. Love the Jimmer, still hate Reilly!

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Is it just me or do the Kings seem to be destined for higher TV ratings than the Jazz?

    How are Kanter and Burks jerseys selling these days?

  • thebudmiller American Fork, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    if you go to ESPN article there is a cool photo of Rick Reilly writing the check as the Jimmer watches

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 22, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Collin Cowherd once said you can never get better once you've had "mania" attached to your name.

    I was hoping we could just cheer for Jimmer's success without the over-the-top, hero worshiping, man crush, overblown hype that comes with it. It's like Beiber mania. The less I hear of it, the more I can appreciate the talent that's there.

    And Jimmer definately has talent.

    But the hype? Oh man. It is Tebow-esque. Let's hope it's not Ricky Martin-esque.

    Good luck Jimmer.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    The ESPN article from Reilly is actually a very nice and complimentary piece on Fredette. He ate crow quite magnanimously. You have to copy and paste the link to your browser window and add an h at the beginning, because DN left out the h in "http" at the front of the link and it takes you to a blank page.

    Best of all life has to offer the Jimmer!

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Jimmer's game will translate nicely to the NBA!

    Ute fan who just can't let it go. Needs to realize Jimmer mania is taking over the world.

    By the way how is that project coming a long up on the hill? lol

  • loveless center valley, pa
    Dec. 22, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Where's the news? Since when has Reilly been right about anything?

  • Ballfan6 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Love Jimmer. Absolute stud.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    There's a lot of things Reilly's wrong about. same for Chris B, Bohey and a whole lot of other Ute trolls. Face it, Jimmer's got "it". Read the Sacramento papers, he is already very highly thought of - as player and as person.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Hmmmmmmm....where is Chris B?

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    So when and how is Reilly going to pay his $5K? It makes Mitt Romney's $10K bet look ever so much more reasonable.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Go ahead Chris B, join Rick Reilly to eat CROW!!!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Great how Jimmer handles the hype and basketball.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    In two games. Jimmer (10th pick) has scored 33 points. Kanter will score his 33rd (3rd pick) point sometime in mid-February.

    Ute trolls can go back to cheering for the train wreck on the hill. Nothing to see here.

  • MarkA Logan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    I wish the Jazz had drafted him.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    I guess it's long past time to admit that I was right about Jimmer. So...I was right.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Jimmer said he likes the "space" in the NBA: "And if I get double-teamed, the guy I pass it to is an NBA player. He can hit shots."

    Ouch! That's gotta' hurt Fredette's buddies at BYU!

  • bamidan WEST RICHLAND, WA
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Would love to see Reilly "wax the Marriott Center floor".

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    Vet: You're welcome. Your post leaves me with the impression that there are lots of things you don't realize.

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 22, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    While I give props to Reiley for owning up, I think the article could have waited a few weeks. While Jimmer has been impressive, it's two preseason games against the lowly Warriors. Here's hoping to a great season by the Jimmer!

  • Marine Corps Vet Tempe, AZ
    Dec. 22, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Bohey: I didn't realize that Rick Reilly was "white". Thanks for clarifying that for me.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Dec. 22, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    The great white hype, er I'm mean hope.