Brad Rock: Jimmer, Lillard find themselves on far different NBA paths (+video)

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  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 12:24 p.m.


    How exactly is that going to help the Sacramento Kings? A guy taking 40 shots a game and playing no defense?? Wow!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Jimmer would be an allstar if his team would pass to him and let him shoot 40 times a game. His coach doesn't like him either.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    He could certainly help himself by making more shots, love him, but its in his hands--literally!

  • byu_num_1 Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Let's face it Jimmer just isn't a stable NBA player.

    He is one of the worst players on one of the worst teams.

    Why do so many people think he would do better if he was the 12th man on a good team?
    You think he gets little playing time now. Imagine if he was on a good team. He'd be assigned to the D-League.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    The refs just hate Jimmer because he went to byu and ran up the score all the time.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    This is just my humble opinion. Jimmer was given free reign at BYU to shoot any shot he desired. He was amazing. This doesn't translate into the NBA unless you can shoot and defend. His defense is better but not NBA caliber. His offense is streaky at best. This combo will limit him in the NBA. I actually like BYUs basketball team better this year than when Jimmer was there. Why? Although they aren't winning games like they used to, they play as a team and distribute the ball better which in the long run will be better. I'm not discounting Jimmer as he is one of the purest shooters I've ever witnessed. Fun to watch in college. Maybe its the Kings, maybe not. Needless to say, a change of atmosphere might benefit everyone. Good Luck Jimmer.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    I have said all along that Jimmer was and is overhyped. I don't think he can play in the NBA, and I don't think he can play in Europe.

    The Harlem Globtrotters is more his style.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Feb. 5, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Jimmer had a bad night last night. I really think Jimmer could do well within a disciplined offense. Looks like he has lost some confidence in himself and his team mates. By the way, Sac needs to trade Cousins.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    I honestly keep trying to wrap my head around the comments we continue to hear from Jimmer fans that he just needs a better situation with a different NBA team. I'm open to that line of thinking but when I try to think of what team that would be, well, I just don't see it.
    No offense to Jimmer, but unless he can work on his game to become a true point guard, I just don't see him ever playing substantial minutes in the NBA.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    One is athletic, quick as a cat, can elevate, can penetrate, can guard his opponent, can shoot on the run, can make ghis teamates better, and the other is Jimmy.

    Sad to watch.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Don't feel like I know Lillard any better after reading this article and maybe that's part of the reason we in Utah didn't realize that there was a gem being polished up the road a ways. "Modestly noted point guard?" wasn't the kid an All American? And if he has attitude to spare--it's nothing but good attitude. He has a great sense of himself and refuses to buy into his own hype. I have nothing against Jimmer but if Utah sports journalism would have been more savvy, none of this would be much of a surprise.

  • objectsinmirror Tooele, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Wildcat, if you read closely Rock refers to two years ago. When they were both playing locally. Yes, last year Lillard did have a big year. The year before was the Jimmer eclipse.

  • Dr. Chim Richalds ROUND HILL, VA
    Feb. 5, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Different situations, different players, different skill sets, different teams, different dynamics, different coaches, different everything. Jimmer can play in the NBA. He's not a starter and will never be a star but he does have a great shot and is valuable. There are so many players with less talent from Europe that play on NBA rosters. Jimmer didn't ask for all the hype. He was in a great situation at BYU. Pro basketball is a different animal.

    ...if you told me that I could make 3 or 4 Million a year and be a bench player in the NBA, I'd do it in a heartbeat and so would anyone else. I think we need to keep things in perspective a little when we start hating on Jimmer...

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    Lilard is quicker than a dart and he is growing in confidence in passing and shooting. Look out CP3.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Brad Rock needs to get out more. "A modestly noted point guard", Lillard led the nation in scoring for most of the year before finishing second, had national attention, numerous mentions in the National Media, NBA scouts at all his games. He played a team concept so it wasn't a novelty watching a player take half the team's shots and thus didn't get local media attention.

    "Attitude to burn," Really? Lillard is still his humble and low-key self. No fanfare or hype as he has won three consecutive rookie of the months.

    I like Jimmer. I didn't care for his style of game in college and more than anything hated the hype driven by the local yokels. NBA scouts could tell you that Lillard had better overall skills, but many local sports reporters couldn't wrap their head around this fact because they are trapped in a BYU bubble--there's a big world outside folks!

    I hope both do well going forward. Hopefully, the D-News will still give Lillard a few sentences in the Jimmer Watch while he wins Rookie of the Year. If not, I'll be sure to post his stats.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Feb. 5, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    I was just thinking??? The kings should not move to Seattle.

    They should move to Provo, for the Jimmer! How cool would that be...?

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 4:53 a.m.

    Time to "free Jimmer" to Europe. He might get minutes and score there.

    He is not an NBA player. Most of Jimmer's points come when one team is getting blown out. (see David Locke's twitter page from the last 2 days).

    Even if he hitting his shot (he shoots less than 40% for his career), he is such a huge liability on defense.

    The guy should do himself a favor and go play in Europe.

    Lillard on the other hand is the real deal. Guy can score, pass, and defend. Right now leading candidate for Rookie of the year.

  • Rock Chalk Jayhawk Overland Park, KS
    Feb. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m.

    Hard to make a good comparison here other than they both played college ball in Utah. One went to an ideal situation, the other was thrown into a cluster.
    That said looking back, expectations of Jimmer have been wildly unrealistic, especially with his pack of groupies along the Wasatch Front. IMO his current career arc regardless of which team he is on, is more of a Craig Hodges or John Paxson. Both played important roles on championship winning teams. No shame in that. Much better way of making a living than probably 99% of the population.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 12:56 a.m.

    Well put Brad, the gap between them is growing. Lillard was amazing both Fri and Sat vs the Jazz. As for Jimmer tonight, well...........