Dick Harmon: Should Jimmer vocally demand more minutes?

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  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Jimmer could do much for the Jazz, including adding heart to their efforts, he is a winner and has star-quality, Smart the Coach isn't so smart, if the Kings/Sonics are smart they will let him go.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    I don't think Smart is a great coach but there is no denying that Jimmer is a defensive liability. Watch the games - don't go just based on these comments and articles. Opposing players routinely blow by Jimmer in going to the basket. He may do better with more pt and getting into the flow of the game but right now on defense Jimmer is a major liability. Just watch the games when Jimmer is in and see how many points are scored against him. It's not pretty.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Great college players don't always make great NBA players. The fact that Sac Town has not built their team around Jimmer has soooo many cougies up in arms. Kinda funny.

    I don't know what you were expecting, but Jimmer is NOT an NBA star. He might be a role player like Bonner is in San Antonio who Pop can put in to make some 3's but that's it (that's even a stretch because Bonner is 6'10, plays D and can actually get his shot off).

    Or... he could be a lights out shining star in Europe.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Good column, Dick. Shooters need shots, and Jimmer probably will never get enough on that team. Also, I believe Jimmer needs to keep working on defense, but he's getting better, and I think he's a good passer.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I don't think Jimmer is in a position to demand more minutes; he should demand a trade.

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    Jimmied should demand to be traded. He's playing on the worst team in the NBA with the worst players, the worst coach, the worst teammates, the worst VP of Basketball Operations, and the worst owners. He would probably thrive with coaches such as Popovich who know how to train newcomers in the NBA. If not, his saving grace is when the Maloof brothers sell the team to an ownership group hopefully in Sacramento (if not Seattle). Once the new owners take over, they need to clean house. They need to get rid of Petrie the VP of basketball operations, Coach Smart, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and just about everyone else.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Jan. 29, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Jimmer is in the worst place he could be. Coach NoSoSmart hasn't a clue. His player rotation has no rhyme nor reason. On a road trip recently Jimmer came in for the first time toward the end of the third quarter and played the rest of the way and was the impetus that won the game for the Kings. The next two games he was stuck on the bench and got two minutes in the next game.
    There are several teams that would utilize his talents to their advantage. Jimmer would average double figures and shoot 45% from three with regular playing time.

  • Uncle Rico Coug AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    On the right team Jimmer could be a solid 2nd string guard averaging around 8-10 ppg. Most of us realize he will never be a superstar in the NBA, but he can contribute and be productive if given a chance to play steady minutes. Plus, you can't get better if you don't get some game experience. I think he's on a guard heavy team and the coach has his favorites. Jimmer needs a new team and a new coach.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Have any of you jimmer fans coached at a D1 or NBA level? Then why is your opinion any more valid? The only NBA coach who has shown his opinion of jimmer (coach smart) thinks jimmer is a 3rd string guard, just like us "jimmer haters", but in reality just realists. So you want the opinion of an NBA coach? Okay, jimmer is a 3rd string guard...

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Tell you what, if somebody wants to pay me $2.2 million to sit on the bench, I'd be happy to oblige.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Would Jazz fans want their backup point guards arguing for minutes? Jimmer is a backup. Contrary to Christine's post, Jimmer is shooting good percentages. He currently sits at 42%, 42%, and 92% (down after a terrible cold shooting spell). All that said, Jimmer is the backup. Bench players take minutes when they can get them. Nobody needs a whiner on the bench.

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    I have just one question. How many of you who discredit Jimmer's playing ability have ever coached at the D1 or NBA level? Or ever coached anything? Just wondering about your true expertice.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I agree with Y ask Y. Jimmer was a great talent in college. He was allowed to play a church ball style that was conducive to his game, but there was no way that would crossover to the NBA. I hope he does well, but articles that are basically like a dad yelling at the coach to give his son more minutes in a Jr. Jazz game don't help. Just like Indiana Jones dad said when he noticed Indy's unhealthy obsession with the Holy Grail, "Let it go."

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Because we don't idolize and worship Jimmer, and we have a relatively dismal view of his professional prospects, that makes us "Jimmer haters"???

    Some people need some therapy around here...

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    None of you Jimmer haters are experts, at least not at basketball. We'll see how he progresses. If his history of fooling the "experts" continues, he'll be fine. Most importantly, he's a good man. After all, that's what matters.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Coach Smart in my opinion is putting Jimmer on the floor to try and save his job. Jimmer is obviously in a tough situation. Languish on the worst bench in the NBA, or complain and get traded, an inherent personal conflict for a non-complainer.

    His career may be better if he complains and gets traded. Im betting he's thought about it.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Jan. 29, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    Jimmer is being a consummate pro by not whining and venting about it and taking the role he's dealt. His game isn't all-star, but he'll find a team where he's putting up 15-20 every night before it's done. And it'll be in the NBA.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    If the Kings move to Seattle, I doubt that Coach Smart will move with them. I doubt that the new management would keep most of those players for long. Be interesting to see whether Jimmer would be a keeper or part of the housecleaning.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    To all you Jimmer-haters,

    Most of us would be thrilled to show up just once at the Stake Center and throw in 40 to 50 points in a game. Jimmer did that many, many times at the college level. It would have been even more exceptional and rare had he done that vs. Florida in the NCAA's or started off that way in the NBA. If all of you posters have mastered whatever you do (sports, work, helping teenagers, etc.) and have successfully done that at higher levels, good on you. Otherwise, let Jimmer do his thing. He doesn't beg for accolades or recognition. We put that on him. So cut him a break if he morphs at a speed more like the rest of us.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Jimmer will be around long after this coach is gone. It is a certainty that the Kings will have new ownership, and those new owners will bring in their own guy.
    Fredette should do what he has always done -- be a good team player and work harder than everyone else.
    When all is said and done, Jimmer will achieve according to his abilities. There is no conspiracy against him. Talent and production will win out in the long run.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    Jimmer has been quieting his critics all his life. He has always allowed his performance to speak for itself. He is a worker. When he finds that a part of his game is deficient, he goes to work and fixes it.

    If his current coach cannot see his worth then he needs to go where the coach has better vision.

    It appears to me that Jimmer can quiet anyone with one exception: Chris B. Nothing could get him to say something nice about Jimmer or BYU. Even the fans in Arizona gave Jimmer a standing O after Jimmer scored nearly 50 points. They are Arizona fans but they have some class.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    With minutes, Jimmer would be an even bigger defensive liability. This isn't the MWC!

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    I enjoyed watching Jimmer play at BYU, I really did. But I was never under any delusions that he would be a great NBA player; not even a mediocre NBA player. His game is street ball where he can showboat and play in his streaky freaky way surrounded by his posse to feed him the ball. That is what he had going at BYU, but that doesn't work in the NBA unless you are truly a unique talent.

    Jimmer ain't.

  • SoCal Roger Costa Mesa, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    Give Jimmer a break. He will break out. Maybe the Celtics can pick him up cheap and make him into a super star.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    With minutes, Jimmer would be an All-Star.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Wise advice, Dick. Another thing Jimmer could do is ask the coach what he needs to do to earn more minutes. I really can't think of a coach in the world that wouldn't welcome that approach. My guess is that Keith Smart will tell him to play better defense. He's better than last year, no question about it, but there are still a lot of match-ups he can't handle. Work on those aspects of the game and the minutes will come.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Shoudldnt the Jimmer increase his field goal percentage above 40%? Shouldnt the Jimmer learn to beat someone one on one? Shoudlnt the Jimmer defend someone, at least once in a while?

    If the NBA was won by games of "HORSE" then yes, I see Jimmer being fit to play.

    But its not. And he isn't. Enjoy Euro ball Jimmer.