Reports: Jimmer Fredette to sign with Greece team Panathinaikos BC

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  • Stenodude7174 St. Louis, MO
    July 15, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    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 bunch.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    July 14, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    “You think Kuzma et al would rather have a Consesus National POY award over an NBA career?”

    Unlike Kuzma et al, Jimmer achieved both!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 14, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    Road Runner - Cedar City, UT
    July 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?

    SMH

    Bogut 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.

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    July 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.

  • one liner Dallas, TX
    July 12, 2019 3:51 p.m.

    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.

  • CougFaninTX Spring, TX
    July 12, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    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 sports.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 12, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    BlueCoug - Provo, UT
    July 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.

  • one liner Dallas, TX
    July 11, 2019 6:04 p.m.

    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!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 11, 2019 8:30 a.m.

    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 shot.......oh my......?

  • KimmyP Skull Valley, UT
    July 11, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    Here is a better question, Phoenix.

    Which team's list of those making over $1m in the NBA would have more players on it. 👍

  • KimmyP Skull Valley, UT
    July 11, 2019 7:14 a.m.

    Apparently, everyone but the Yankees in Heber City and Sheldon Cooper, can recognize sarcasm when they see it. 😂

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    July 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.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 11, 2019 12:04 a.m.

    phoenix - Gilbert, AZ
    July 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!

  • CO Ute , 00
    July 10, 2019 10:24 p.m.

    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 ball.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    July 10, 2019 8:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    July 10, 2019 5:42 p.m.

    JD - Las Vegas, NV
    July 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.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    July 10, 2019 5:30 p.m.

    Great climate, nice pay, tasty vittles, and plenty of shots to be taken. It’s a great gig if you can get it!

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    July 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. NBA bust!

  • CougarDuck Cottage Grove, OR
    July 10, 2019 3:22 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 10, 2019 1:29 p.m.

    Pretty much better than the NBA anyway.

  • utahcoyote St. George, UT
    July 10, 2019 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • SFSteveS SF, CA
    July 10, 2019 11:59 a.m.

    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 ...

  • CougarDuck Cottage Grove, OR
    July 10, 2019 11:36 a.m.

    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 to watch.

  • SFSteveS SF, CA
    July 10, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to the story in tomorrows paper summarizing what he had for lunch and dinner today.

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    July 10, 2019 11:25 a.m.

    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.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 10, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    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.

  • deerlover WASHINGTON TR, UT
    July 10, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    Love me some Jimmer but hopefully the talk about the NBA not giving him a chance will end now. Please I'm begging.

  • RR International Falls, MN
    July 10, 2019 10:45 a.m.

    "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.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 10, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    "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!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 10, 2019 10:28 a.m.

    @ 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!"

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    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

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 10:14 a.m.

    Down goes Jimmy.

  • one liner Dallas, TX
    July 10, 2019 10:09 a.m.

    "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! 😎 🇬🇷 🏀

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 10, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    I love how Jimmer fell forward. This will create enormous angst with his haters.

  • gchris Rock Springs, WY
    July 10, 2019 10:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 10, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    @wer

    Gotta be hard on the family? Oh yeah.

    Wish my family had it so hard!

    🤸😃🤸

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 10, 2019 9:33 a.m.

    This could be an interesting adventure. I wish Jimmer and his family well. Looks like this is it for the NBA though.

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    July 10, 2019 9:29 a.m.

    20 plus Mil in his Professional Career is outstanding ! Great job Jimmer !!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:57 a.m.

    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!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 10, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    The Jimmer has such an impressive game, but I would take Woody Harrelson over Fredette any day. Cheers to ALL! HAHA!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 10, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    @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 you.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 10, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 8:39 a.m.

    Happy for the Jimmer.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    July 10, 2019 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    July 10, 2019 7:48 a.m.

    I wonder if a year's supply of baklava was part of the negotiated contract?

  • Les Competent Preston, ID
    July 10, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • HuskyVa SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
    July 10, 2019 6:59 a.m.

    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 crowd.

  • Bigger Bubba Herriman, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:55 a.m.

    Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Jimmer? Sounds good.

  • StateTheFacts Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2019 6:23 a.m.

    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 very best.

  • RR International Falls, MN
    July 10, 2019 5:00 a.m.

    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!

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    July 10, 2019 4:31 a.m.

    Now he will be known as "Jimmer the Greek".

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    July 10, 2019 4:21 a.m.

    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!!

  • Sore loser Oakland, CA
    July 10, 2019 4:00 a.m.

    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.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    July 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.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    July 10, 2019 12:11 a.m.

    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.

  • cjd11 Draper, UT
    July 9, 2019 10:28 p.m.

    Too bad NBA teams never gave the Jimmer a chance.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 9, 2019 9:30 p.m.

    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.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    July 9, 2019 9:20 p.m.

    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!

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 9, 2019 8:53 p.m.

    At least it is a step up from the China leagues. Good luck.

  • blue & white , 00
    July 9, 2019 8:10 p.m.

    Good for Jimmer and hope he and his family will do very well. Jimmer is fun to watch play b-ball.

  • vasislos Holbrook, AZ
    July 9, 2019 7:22 p.m.

    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.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    July 9, 2019 6:52 p.m.

    Gotta be hard on the family. Hope it works out so that Jimmer can settle into a domestic career path.

  • 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. 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.