xert says: "The Utes have produced players like Andre Miller, Delon Wright
and Jakob Peotel, who truly have made their mark in the NBA and were wonderful
NCAA players as well and they were incredibly loved by their fans. The Des News
has done more stories about Jimmers China career than all of the Andre, Delon,
and Jakob stories ever--combined. Jimmer was not a better or more loved by his
school player than any of these three. I'm starting to think that this is
as much about lazy journalism than anything else."If only Ute
"fans" cared and talked about their own alumni half as much as they care
about sneering at Jimmer/BYU fans. How many comments would you expect from Ute
fans alone if the DNews posted an article about Andre Miller? You'd get a
few, but talking about Miller just doesn't arouse your average Ute
"fan" like another opportunity to sneer at Jimmer. It's a petty
“You think Kuzma et al would rather have a Consesus National POY award
over an NBA career?”Unlike Kuzma et al, Jimmer achieved both!
Road Runner - Cedar City, UTJuly 12, 2019 6:52 p.m.utemythology Kuzma et al will never make enough $$$ to buy a Consensus National
Player of the Year award - winning every major award.As for our
jealous Jimmer-obsessed little brothers on this blog, NONE of U will ever make a
dime playing professional basketball.----You think Kuzma
et al would rather have a Consesus National POY award over an NBA career?SMHBogut also as a NPOY award but unlike the Jimmer
he's had a long NBA career.I'll make as much money playing
basketball as you.
utemythology Kuzma et al will never make enough $$$ to buy a
Consensus National Player of the Year award - winning every major award.As for our jealous Jimmer-obsessed little brothers on this blog, NONE of
U will ever make a dime playing professional basketball.
I think the funny thing is that I didn't even know that they played
basketball in Greece until now. And a bunch of Ute fans now need to educate
themselves on basketball in Greece because they need to throw shade at Jimmer
being there.I can see why they are upset, they are thinking
"come on man - one more country and team to follow in order to hate BYU,
why!" when there is a much simpler solution.
Love that more Utes comment on the Jimmer article than there are total comments
on the Delon Wright article. DNews appreciates U'reloyalty to Cougar
BlueCoug - Provo, UTJuly 11, 2019 1:26 a.m.Co Ute“And last, not sure about the intent of the comment ‘Remind us the
last time U or any of your crimson bubble buddies made over $1 million a year
playing.” Delon Wright is going to make $9MM a year, Kuzma is making over
a million, and Bogut made a lot of money between Australia and the
Warriors.”I seriously doubt that you’re
“buddies” with any of them - guaranteed, NONE of them have ever
visited this blog to trash Jimmer.-----I think they all
have thrashed Jimmer on the court.He's lucky he never faced
them at Utah.
He was making $2M a year in China, so Greece is likely more than that, and he
can be there for several years.Invest money in stocks and expect a
10% return each year, in addition to the approximately $25M he's already
made - and he's already set for a very nice life.The NBA is a
quest for him that just didn't pan out, but he's surely got a banker
and financial advisor going "Jimmer - this is looking pretty good"Best of luck to him in Greece.And best of luck to the Utah
fans who will read about his articles and be outraged that the DNews covers him
still - but whatever sells sells!
The "Jimmer's range" is the free throw line ONLY these
days.......no hand in his face and he doesn't have to create his own
Here is a better question, Phoenix.Which team's list of those
making over $1m in the NBA would have more players on it. 👍
Apparently, everyone but the Yankees in Heber City and Sheldon Cooper, can
recognize sarcasm when they see it. 😂
Co Ute“And last, not sure about the intent of the comment
‘Remind us the last time U or any of your crimson bubble buddies made over
$1 million a year playing.” Delon Wright is going to make $9MM a year,
Kuzma is making over a million, and Bogut made a lot of money between Australia
and the Warriors.”I seriously doubt that you’re
“buddies” with any of them - guaranteed, NONE of them have ever
visited this blog to trash Jimmer.
phoenix - Gilbert, AZJuly 10, 2019 2:44 a.m.Uteology - re:
What a fortunate guy. He's able to see, firsthand, much of the world and
get paid very well as he does so.—“He is so
fortunate that he only lasted 2 summer league games.”—-Remind us the last time U or any of your crimson bubble
buddies made over $1 million a year playing.The Jimmer
obsession on the hill reeks of jealousy.-----Kwame Brown
made $7M a year.Jealousy over a NBA bust, good one!
Good move Jimmer and good luck. Young man gave it a shot and found he fit
overseas but didn’t fit in the NBA. Nothing wrong with that.Well only on Y fans talking trash about NBA politics here and the comments
were so ridiculous that I got a laugh. I don’t remember Ainge or Bradley
getting pushed out of the NBA. How about other LDS kids that didn’t go to
BYU and are playing in the NBA? And last, not sure about the intent
of the comment ‘Remind us the last time U or any of your crimson bubble
buddies made over $1 million a year playing.” Delon Wright is going to
make $9MM a year, Kuzma is making over a million, and Bogut made a lot of money
between Australia and the Warriors. Difference is they are in the NBA playing
Jimmer played for several NBA teams. I'm not one to say that he
didn't have his chances. But then, if you have the time to research a list
of other top 10 draft picks and follow what they did, Jimmer is not alone in
wanting an NBA career that didn't pan out the way they wanted.I've always been one to give credit where credit is due, and I give
credit to Jimmer for trying to reach his dream. He wanted to play in the NBA
and he did. He gets to go to Greece and continue to play basketball for a
living. Not a bad way of life if you ask me. Good luck to Jimmer
in Greece. We've traveled there and it's a wonderful place with great
people. We might even go back to catch a game or two.
JD - Las Vegas, NVJuly 10, 2019 3:52 p.m.“Oh thank goodness.
What was the Des News gonna write about with Jimmer, just when you think the
articles may slow, he gets himself back in the news for joining a team nobody
here has heard.”Anything BYU is far more interesting to our
jealous BYU-obsessed little brothers,than anything Utah.Thanks for allowing BYU to live rent free in Ute noggins 24x7.
Great climate, nice pay, tasty vittles, and plenty of shots to be taken.
It’s a great gig if you can get it!
Oh thank goodness. What was the Des News gonna write about with Jimmer, just
when you think the articles may slow, he gets himself back in the news for
joining a team nobody here has heard. NBA bust!
SF--I will agree that Congdon and Nemelka were great players. I also
liked Fairchild. I remember standing in line in the Field house annex to get
tickets just to watch those guys. I also agree that Jimmer was not a catch and
shoot guy, but put the ball in his hands and he could make moves that only the
best can. I wish the archives went back far enough to watch some of
the players of the 60's. That would be a lot of fun.
It's too bad there is no real equivalent to the MLB's minor leagues.
Jimmer would be a preverbal next man up if there were such a thing. But alas,
there isn't. His game never has translated well to the NBA, but I admire
how he has never given up hope and has kept focus on creating opportunities for
himself. I don't think he is the best player I've seen
come from BYU though. Danny Ainge still holds that place in my book. His
playing style did meld well with the NBA. His performance in 81 ( I know a good
lot of you all weren't alive then) was better than Jimmer's '11
performance. He played a more balanced ball movement game. Then again, there
isn't any reason you can't like them both.Jimmer's
run to the 16 was largely on his back, which isn't a good thing. To win at
elite levels you have to be good beyond a single player. In the NBA there are
lots of good players... something Jimmer never adjusted to.
Pretty much better than the NBA anyway.
not sure what the big deal with fredette is any more. he had a very nice
college career, but his game just didn't translate to the nba for whatever
reasons. he has had plenty of opportunities and people are deluding themselves
if they think its because he is white or lds. heck, lumbering greg kite had a
nice career in the nba!he has been able to make a very nice living
playing basketball in other countries, and has had good success there. people
should appreciate the success that he has had.
Cougar Duck ...Open for a three but team mates don't pass him
the ball ... fact is, catch and shoot is not a strength for him ... that and
defensive play have always been valid k ocks on him ..I've
always said that Dick Nemelka and Jeff Congden were the best ever at byu ...
each had all of jimmer s strengths and none of his weaknesses ...
As I watched the second summer game that Jimmer played in I realized that he
would not fit in with the NBA. So many times he was wide open for a three and
the player with the ball would not even look at him. Jimmers game does not fit
in the NBA. In college and in China he could do things with the ball that not
many others could but he had to have the ball to do it. Many say he
was a ball hog but his team mates knew how to make him great. Without his team
he would not have been as good in college. I hope he does well in Greece. I
still go to the archives of BYUtv and watch some of his games. He is just fun
I'm looking forward to the story in tomorrows paper summarizing what he had
for lunch and dinner today.
Jimmer had ample opportunities to make it in the NBA. For whatever reason he was
unable to perform well in those opportunities. Was he pressing? I don't
know. He is a great person and a great ball player. His NCAA prowess will live
on as one of the greatest stretches by a player. Good luck in Greece Jimmer.
The newfangled "Jimmy the Greek" should really move back to Provo,
forego Greece without one doubt, and start a "colorful" investment firm
for all his fans to invest in while he still has some semblance of cache'.
His last few NBA stints embarrassed him to no end.It is high time
that lil' Jimmy puts his life into realistic perspective........he has a
wife and kids.
Love me some Jimmer but hopefully the talk about the NBA not giving him a chance
will end now. Please I'm begging.
"The Des News has done more stories about Jimmers China career than all of
the Andre, Delon, and Jakob stories ever--"None of them were
POY. Jimmer caught the nation's attention how he played. He was simply
unbelievable. That's why we love to follow him. If you don't like it,
read some other newspaper. I for one love reading about his life because
he's first and foremost a tremendous man with great character. He's a
legend in BYU basketball lore, and I guess that bothers you. Don't read and
don't comment if you don't care.
"Jimmy The Greek" has been resurrected here in the 21st century. I bet
he'll wager on himself as always........we all know how that works out in
the end......oh my.....HAHA!
@ gchris,Good for you "brother?" I thunk the entire world
that has ever read the DNews knows it is SOLELY a LDS featured publication. And,
it is VERY bias indeed, but it also provides great entertainment for
non-believers like I and many others as well. If I want the hard news as it
relates to Utah, I read the SLTrib only. Superlative presentations about
everything LDS are surely here and featured. I feel grateful that you live
vicariously through folks that you prefer, James Taft Fredette as a prime
example as you stated.........again, "good for you!"
Is Jimmer the new Greek Freak? ;) Good for him, I've always
admired his attitude - even if his skillset never meshed with any NBA clubs
Down goes Jimmy.
"Euro ball is a team game TOTALLY! Fredette will get booed
relentlessly"It's entertainment and he can put on a show
while racking up points and is a nice guy. He'll be a star out
there. Live in Greece and earn a few million playing a game -
that's pretty cool! 😎 🇬🇷 🏀
I love how Jimmer fell forward. This will create enormous angst with his
For those who think the DN writes too many Jimmer articles: It’s about
readership. The DN is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The primary readers are LDS, BYU is owned by the Church, Jimmer is LDS. I
don’t read the Salt Lake Tribune because of its negativity toward the LDS
way of life and because the Tribune requires a subscription. There are plenty of
stories there about U of U and former U of U professional athletes. I have
little interest in those folks, but I do have an interest in Jimmer and other
BYU alumni in the pros. I would be happy to see the DN post box scores and
highlights from Jimmer’s games.
@werGotta be hard on the family? Oh yeah.Wish my family
had it so hard!🤸😃🤸
This could be an interesting adventure. I wish Jimmer and his family well. Looks
like this is it for the NBA though.
20 plus Mil in his Professional Career is outstanding ! Great job Jimmer !!
He'll always be great in my book. The games he played for BYU were, each
one, a thriller, and so memorable!I wonder sometimes if Mark Pope
and his team of coaches had worked with Jimmer on his defense if this story
would have played out in the USA. We'll never know.Good luck to
Jimmer in Greece. I hope Whitney and kids will join you this time. Leave the dog
home!Go BYU Cougars!
The Jimmer has such an impressive game, but I would take Woody Harrelson over
Fredette any day. Cheers to ALL! HAHA!
@phoenix"Remind us the last time U or any of your crimson bubble
buddies made over $1 million a year playing."Remind us the
last time you served in Congress.So applying your standards, I guess
you're banned from commenting about your Congressman. Hmmmm...too bad for
I think with most of the fans who are a little tired of these Jimmer
articles--there is a bit of wanting to stick it to those who for years,
predicted his NBA stardom to whoever would "give him a chance". And then
when given a chance-and not doing all that well, in a "blame the ref for
losing" way--these same fans blamed everyone but the player himself and
lashed out at anyone who didn't see his greatness. You may say that Jimmer
lives inside people's heads, but check your own as well. The Utes have
produced players like Andre Miller, Delon Wright and Jakob Peotel, who truly
have made their mark in the NBA and were wonderful NCAA players as well and they
were incredibly loved by their fans. The Des News has done more stories about
Jimmers China career than all of the Andre, Delon, and Jakob stories
ever--combined. Jimmer was not a better or more loved by his school player than
any of these three. I'm starting to think that this is as much about lazy
journalism than anything else. Good luck to him in Greece though and I agree
that any good pro job is nothing to be scoffed at.
Happy for the Jimmer.
Euro ball is a team game TOTALLY! Fredette will get booed relentlessly, other
players will resent him worse than the NBA players did and he will ride the pine
again sooner than later.......he is all about "his game," which was a
perfect fit in China ball, at BYu and Glen Falls HS.
I wonder if a year's supply of baklava was part of the negotiated contract?
It doesn’t look like he’s ever going to stick in the NBA. But in
the meantime he’s making a dedent living. I wish him success.
yeah, being a millionaire in Athens sounds just horrible. Playing a game he
loves, living there with his wife...sounds truly awful. you guys are a tough
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Jimmer? Sounds good.
As a Ute fan; I say good for Jimmer. In addition to his tremendous b-ball
skills, he is fun to watch play the game; Jimmer is one class-man. Enjoy the
EuroLeague--the fans will love you as did the Shanghai fans. We wish you the
Greece is incredible and have some of the most amazing, healthy food in the
world. What a place to live! I've loved visiting my relatives there. Go be
MVP in Europe now!
Now he will be known as "Jimmer the Greek".
I liked what Mike Conley’s mother stated in Des news about faith,
“Sometimes, I try to tell my kids that sometimes things may not look a
certain way and you may feel down and out about decisions, but God doesn’t
make mistakes, so we know you’re in the right place and something good is
going to come from that even if it may not feel like it at the time, so just
staying grounded is huge and important.” Jimmer, good luck,
you are a great example of never giving up!!
Jimmer played collegiately on the same level and against similar talent as Kawhi
and Lillard and thrived. Anyone who has played hoop or anything knows that
politics are reals in sports and I feel that politically Jimmer is at a huge
disadvantage in that part of the game. He has proven to be super popular which
generally means endorsements. That could get you booted out of the Association
because it threatens the endorsements of others. His lifestyle also is in
direct conflict with more than one NBA revenue stream. His value is high enough
overseas and it would seem that he can leverage his income and take great care
of his family over the next 10 years. Michael Jordan transitioned his game more
to jump shooting as he aged so Jimmer has an advantage in that regard too.
Uteology - re: What a fortunate guy. He's able to see, firsthand,
much of the world and get paid very well as he does so.—“He is so fortunate that he only lasted 2 summer league
games.”—-Remind us the last time U or any of
your crimson bubble buddies made over $1 million a year playing.The Jimmer obsession on the hill reeks of jealousy.
Cjd11- ugh, everytime I read a story about Jimmer, there's a comment like
yours. It's so tired. Let him go. He was given his share of chances.
Arguments such as, he didn't fit their system, he wasn't given
enough minutes to find rhythm, coaches didn't like him, etc, are just
grasping at something that just isn't there. There's no conspiracy,
teams want to win, they play their best talent, that's it. Jimmer
isn't an NBA player. He had an outstanding collegiate career. So did Greg
Oden, Christian Laettner , Steve Alford, Danny Ferry, and many other All
Americans who never translated into NBA talent. Wish him well in Greece.
Too bad NBA teams never gave the Jimmer a chance.
top of the world - ,July 9, 2019 5:44 p.m.What a fortunate guy.
He's able to see, firsthand, much of the world and get paid very well as he
does so.-----He is so fortunate that he only lasted 2
summer league games.Even Mika is still in a summer league.
Cost of living is relatively low in Greece and he should be able to live well
and travel on his salary. Not a bad life, compared to being with a group of
prima donnas and going from one US city to another. The quality of life in
Europe is quite good. I wish him well!
At least it is a step up from the China leagues. Good luck.
Good for Jimmer and hope he and his family will do very well. Jimmer is fun to
watch play b-ball.
If he has been taking care of his money, he should already be set for life. A
chance to live in Greece and Europe! I think the NBA chance is done but he has
entertained people everywhere else he has played and is an exciting player. It
will be fun to see him in yet another environment. I think he will play 6 - 10
more years. After that, I think we might see him in the coaching ranks.
Gotta be hard on the family. Hope it works out so that Jimmer can settle into a
domestic career path.
What a fortunate guy. He's able to see, firsthand, much of the world and
get paid very well as he does so. I wanted it to all work out according to what
was best for him, but I'm glad he gets to keep playing a game he loves.
Talk about a dream job. Athletics in Greece go back to nearly 800 BC. I
don't expect him to perform at the same level in Greece as he did in China
but I hope he does well. One thing I will say for him and his family...they
aren't going to give up what he loves to do until age catches him. By then
he will be able to devote the rest of his life to whatever he wants.