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Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:33 pm

Posted by Matt Moore

The Kings managed to take on John Salmons' salary for an aging player while giving up a veteran point guard on a reasonable deal and in return moved down three spots in the draft. They then used that pick to select Jimmer Fredette. Popular? Sure. Exciting? Absolutely. Bit of a reach? Totally. Fredette was going to go in the top-10 based on hype, not on translatable talent. There are concerns about his ability to translate to a point guard, and to defend bigger players. The latter concern is covered in Sacramento because Tyreke Evans is big enough to guard a moving house, but the Kings still need a distributor point guard and instead they have four ball-handling, scoring guards (Jimmer, Reke, Marcus Thornton, and John Salmons they traded for Thursday). And apparently, the Kings coaching staff was aware of that fact, and as a result, there was a rift over the pick. Ken Berger of reported before the pick went in that ownership wanted Jimmer, the coaching staff wanted Alec Burks. From Yahoo! Sports: 
The Sacramento coaching staff isnt happy with the selection of Fredette, sources say. They wanted a veteran guard, ala Felton or Parker.
via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA: The Sacramento coaching st ....

Ownership getting entangled in basketball decisions is almost never a good idea. Mark Cuban's highly involved, but he asks for what his trusted people's recommendations are and for the most part lets Donnie Nelson do his job. Interfering like this creates situations where you have to have a cagematch before each game to decide which one of your four guards is going to get 25 shots per game. But it will help ticket sales in Sacramento, so maybe that's the Maloof's plan, even if they don't want to keep the team in Sacramento.

All in all, a weird day in Kings-land that resulted in Jimmer Fredette winding up in a strange spot for his talents.  

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:59 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

Wake up people this is a great move......All the millions of little white boys all over the nation need a guy in the NBA to look up to and beg their parents to buy his jersey.  Jason Williams FAILED on the court, did some cute move but sold jerseys and helped make white people feel good for a minute, and Jimmer will do just that.  Everyone is waiting for the next great white bballer (been a LLLong time since Bird) and someone has to make all that marketing money; the Maloof already did it once so why not part 2.

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:53 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

 the kings are the worst drafting team in the NBA. maybe the kings can bring mitch richmond back and even joe kline for some help in the middle.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

This is what happens when you have high profile owners.  The maloof brothers now have a team full of guys that can score, one ball, no one to get them the ball, no one to guard anyone.  But they have Jimmer and if he will sell tickets.  i dont know if they still sell out every night in sac town, but i thought they were possibly moving?  which means probably not.  very intersting situation.  btw listening to vitale talk about the Knicks making the wrong pick last night, saying they should have taken brooks  "he put up 42 on notre dame, hed light up the garden" is so stupid it hurts, the knicks needed either a great shooter (jimmer) a full sized rebounder, none around, or a deffensive gurard, they got a 6'5 combo guard whose supposedly already the best deffender on the team, and dicky v. is worrying about a scorer.  somehow i think with melo, amare, and billups,  and a system that cries for anyone willing to play any d. they probably did fine.  

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:45 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

They should have let him go to Utah it the only place anyone would really want him. He's not going to be able to guard anyone and until he gets his pencil wet he will only be a boy amongst men

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:36 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer

Concern about Fredette defending "bigger players?"  How about concern about Fredette defending ANY players??? What a waste of a pick.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:07 pm

Report: Kings coaches did not want Jimmer


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