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Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 6:51 pm
The Palms Casino in Las Vegas celebrates the Sacramento Kings' drafting of BYU guard Jimmer Fredette. Posted by Ben Golliver. jimmer-billboard

Go big or go home.

That seems to be the mantra for the Maloof Family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, after conducting a confusing, dispiriting draft on Thursday night. It was an evening that saw them take on money, downgrade their roster in trade, trade down for no real reason and draft BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, the most hyped and polarizing player in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Reportedly, not everyone in Sacramento was on board with the selection, as whispers floated that members of the coaching staff would have preferred a different approach.

But Fredette was linked to the Kings for days, if not weeks, before the draft because of his marketability and regional popularity. The goal for the Kings, who nearly relocated to Anaheim, are looking to build a new arena and are struggling at the gate, is to monetize Fredette's popularity.

It's a somewhat desperate effort given that Fredette is 22 years old, lacks a true NBA position and almost certainly cannot defend on the NBA level. But desperate is all the Maloofs have left.

Last week, we noted that the Maloofs were selling their stake in the Las Vegas Palms Casino to get rid of their debt burden. That didn't stop them from putting up a sign celebrating their draft night. "Jimmer Fredette A Sacramento King" bellows the billboard in front of the hotel.

While this is meant to be a festive scene, it comes of as a bit depressing. One crumbling jewel of the Maloof's dwindling portfolio hawking the misguided and illogical strategy of another.  

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Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:08 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

It's JIMMER TIME in sacramento...

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 6:52 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

thank you for that tasteless piece of junk you wrote Mr. Golliver. Jimmer is an amazing point guard with incredible shooting ability. This article shows that you know absolutely nothing aboiut Jimmer Freddette. He won plenty of college awards and played more consistently than Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight. He scored an average of thirty points a game and lead his team in assists. You're more thickheaded than Jim Tressel. Jimmer will turn out to be a solid player in the NBA. Quit flipping out just because the owners posted a billboard about their pick. What do you have against excitement. I'd like to see you even get half the number of people show up at the aiport as Jimmer.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:57 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

The celebrationof Jimmer Fredettte?  On a billboard at The Palms?  What irony.  No place was Jimmer booed more and hated more than when he played UNLV at the Thomas & Mack.  I'm sure the countless Runnin' Rebel fans were simply overjoyed to read the billboard. 

Suggestion:  With Jimmer on the King's roster, don't try and get cable to pipe in games from Sacramento to Las Vegas.  It will simply be another losing proposition by the Maloofs! 

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 2:42 am

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

UH, hello! Jimmer won 3 major div.1 college awards of course there is going to be high expectations! He also competed against strong competition and came out the winner. Check his NBA combine stats they are better than brandon knights and even with kemba walkers. The billboard was just being enthusiastic for him. It wasnt like they threw him a parade,  although a large group of fans did turn out at the sacramento airport to greet him. Its a big deal for him and the kings so let them put all the signs they want its still partly owned by the Maloofs. Of course they are going to let him shoot alot, you think they drafted him to pass the ball? Wow, can anyone take an extra 2 seconds to think about what your saying before you post.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 2:30 am

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

Incase you havent noticed the entire country is in a economic downturn, to say that the maloofs are misguided is pure ignorance. They are trying to save their businesses so try and look at it with a different perspective when your writing and dont be so narrow minded.  The big picture is that the Maloofs are great owners and they probably would have had a championship in 2002 if they werent robbed by a dirty NBA referee, and that is a fact. Go ahead and bash and when the Jimmer proves that he is a legitamate NBA star you will more than likely be on that bandwagon too. Jounalist rarely admit to their mistakes they just go around and point everyone elses out. I will remind you Mr. Golliver but you wont even have the decency to feel a little guily. No, you will have forgotten all about your mislead observations. It's pretty sad that all you have to know is proper grammar and punctuation to be called a "jounalist" I believe I have gotten more to the heart of the situation than you did in your little article. All the sport "authorities" have said, James FRedette is a great player and has a high ceiling. He was one of the best college players and voted so. I woudnt say that picking him was a mistake when you have a popular player of course you wpuld play it up. All it was, was a small billboard in Las Vegas that is barely noticeable in in that town. Did you hear about the greeting he got when Jimmer made it to sacramento airport it was atleast 300 people cheering him. When was the last time any of your articles was actually cheered and got you name on a bilboard welcoming Mr. Golliver or had fans cheering for you at an airport for the great job you did on one of your articles? All you have is this CBS blog that you do because you probably cant get published ina real NEWSpaper. Even I can get my opinion here on

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:18 am

Another Journalist with a Worthless Opinion

Who made journalists all knowing? How many times have they been dead wrong (more often than not). I could care les about another journalist opinion. Jimmer is an exciting and talented player. Let's quit trying to be fortune tellers and just enjoy this kid's game for what it is. Hopefully, he will continue to grow and learn and we can all get caught up in Jimmermania.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:44 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

The Maloofs aren't so silly.  Fredette will be a find player- probably the most underrated player in the draft.  For those who haven't seen him play, get on another board.  He held his own just fine with the USA national team and has always excelled in any situation.  He's played with the likes of Rondo, Kemba, Durant.  All of them say he's not only a decent player- every one says he's a great player.  Check it.  Many questioned him before BYU played UCLA- he torched them.  Then Arizona.  He blasted them.  He has nearly always been the best player on the court in every game he's ever played.  He'll do just fine at the next level.  

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:10 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

What garbage. Maybe the Kings drafted him because he was the National Player of the Year in College and led the coutnry in scoring. Do you think that may have crossed their mind? I hate writers like this who just repeat what all the haters say. Jimmer is great. And he proved it during 4 years of playing Division 1 basktetball. Other players in the draft dont have anything close to his accolades.

Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 8:42 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

In response to your comment in the last sentence of the paragraph, you obviously did not see him play one game, you only saw his shooting highlights. You don't recieve national player of the year honors for nothing.  Let his game do the talking

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:42 pm

Jimmer Fredette billboard at Palms in Las Vegas

And so it begins.  Just goes to show you that it doesnt matter what your skin color is anymore.  If you can be leveraged then someone will leverage you.  I hope this is the extent of the pressure they are going to put on Jimmer to be a superstar right out of the gates.  Lets see how high the expectations get before Jimmer has played his first NBA game.  For his sake I hope they give him green light to shoot.  I really do not see how useful he is going to be in any other capacity.

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