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What's wrong with all of you BMc haters? Ben McLemore was brought in for his incredible athleticism. He can light up the home crowd with his drives to the baskets, which will get consistently better as he matures. He has a number of years to work on his shooting and his defense. He is so talented that he will get better just by working hard.
Coaching is another issue altogether. As long as DMC refuses to hustle and buy into playing great defense, and not just being "stat" oriented (scoring and rebounding), Malone has his hands tied.
If the Kings find an athletic big man in the draft, they should implement "Showtime North" next year, they will have young athletic players on board and Malone has to get DMC to buy in. They could blow teams away with their speed, Thomas could do it, lead it.
I do hope Jimmer has a chance to get real playing time somewhere, it is obviously not happening in Chicago, no matter how much their offense sucks. As much as Malone lies about missing Jimmer, Chicago really needs a pure shooter to loosen up their opponents, otherwise they will have no chance to advance in the playoffs.
4 months ago on Sacramento Kings need shooting following exits of Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton
@KingsAllDay Great! Then he should act like one.
4 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Chicago Bulls 94, Sacramento Kings 87
@KingsAllDay Yes I saw the game, taped it, watched it after coming home from officiating hockey playoff games. Reread my last paragraph. I said he is a great player, but he has mucho drawbacks. Did you see the play where he didn't get a call, waved his arms in frustration (should have been t'd up right there), didn't hustle back, the Bulls had a 5 on 4? Can't do that if you are a max contract player/leader. Does he enjoy playing basketball? That is a real question. It just doesn't look like it. The Kings big 3 look confident, look good, but don't exude a winning basketball atmosphere.
First team to play Jimmer wins the game. Oh, wait, he doesn't play for the Kings anymore, so they can't win. Thibodeau didn't let him play, the Bulls can't win, game ends in a tie.
The Bulls won? Really? They shot like crap.
The Kings lost? Really? Oh, that's right, they let BMc shoot a 3 pointer at the end of the game. Absolutely no chance that would go in, no question, no doubt about it.
Both teams were terrible, both shooting in the 30%. The game would have at least been more interesting if they played in a gigantic mud bath.
I find it is very difficult to watch DMC play. He plays great, then he doesn't hustle, he never smiles. If he really doesn't exude greatness, unselfishness, and happiness, how can you build a team around him. It just doesn't make sense.
Raymond Felton doesn't qualify for the list, he is on the stupid and most hated in the pacific northwest list.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: A challenge to DeMarcus Cousins
Have there been other max contract players who act or have acted as immature as DMC? I can't think of any at the moment.
Here is an all star team DMC could make - all immature NBA team (current players only)
DMC - Kings
JR Smith - Knicks
Birdman - Heat
Immature 6th man Andrew Bynum
DMC, do you really want to be on this list? It's up to you.
Stephen Curry might have said it best. Referring to his coach, Mark Jackson, Curry said, "He let me go out and play, develop, be allowed to fail a couple of times and to work through my shortcomings." Mark Jackson was also a great point guard, rookie of the year, possible hall of fame player.
Sort of different type of coach than Jimmer had in the NBA.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on A final conversation with Jimmer Fredette
So far these comments here are absurd...Kings are a "class act", "too many weaknesses", "too many guards". The problem were the Kings management not allowing Jimmer to develop and become the great player that he is still going to become, now elsewhere. The problem is the inability of simple minded people to not understand how good a talented player could be, and not know how to use those talents to develop a WINNING team. The problem was and still is the inmates running the asylum, players not rallying around a "different" type of player and become a real team of all for one, one for all, instead allowing jealousy factoring in when that player had shown any success at any time.
Changing the culture can be a bitch, but cutting out a great player is not the way to do it.
I have no doubt the Kings will win the game tonight. Cousins is back, and if they just breathe and put their hands up they will play better D than last night.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 59 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
IT looks great tonight, BMc couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Oh well, rookie growing pains. Unfortunately, Kings did not allow Jimmer the same courtesy, and it will come back to haunt them. Guess it's OK to suck on the offensive end, but not on the defensive end. Well, right now BMc is very bad on both ends.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Los Angeles Lakers 126, Sacramento Kings 122
@CowbellKingdom @TABDOG Thank you, he has always been over the top, way too personal, making JImmer fans appear inconsiderate, which I am nothing like that.
You (Jonathan and James) are class people, and am thankful you let me express my opinions here.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Jimmer Fredette no longer made sense for the Sacramento Kings
@civtalker Amazingly, JR did get away with pulling on Vince Carter's headband. Don't know why.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on NBA suspends and fines DeMarcus Cousins for incidents against Houston Rockets
"it was a bad call; we knew that." WRONG! It was the right call.
"Can't really answer that, hope for the best." WRONG AGAIN!
He is the undisputed leader of the team. He HAS to have an answer for it, has to have a plan for it. Yells at refs, yells at teammates. Guess what? Just shut up, PLAY hard, and become a team CHEERLEADER. Anything else you have to BLOCK OUT!
Bottom line, when the FANS turn against you, then you better worry about your job. You may be right once in a great while, but no one is going to support your attitude over the long haul.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on DeMarcus Cousins addresses ejection against Houston Rockets
As Maximus says to Commodus, "Dear Kings, the time to honor yourself will soon come to an end."
Kings are playing a real team tonight. How is it going? How are your dear rookies doing?
They are in way over their heads.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH: Pete D'Alessandro on potential Jimmer Fredette buyout
Now that Jimmer won't get the opportunity to follow up his best game as a pro, all the idiots and haters come out of the woodwork to take their potshots. Back to the same old fiction - Jimmer's defense this, Jimmer's lack of athleticism that, pick your poison.
Well, I am an unabashed Jimmer fan, and think he has a boatload of talent, he has a skill set almost unmatched by most players, and he constantly shows it under extreme adverse conditions. He and everyone else knows what he constantly has to work on, and given the crap he has to deal with, he is coming out of it constantly improving. In fact, the NY Knicks game also shows, besides a deadly threat, he can be a great leader, the team followed HIS lead that game.
The Kings try to make him a nonentity. Jimmer refuses to succumb to that servility and mentality. He has ALWAYS responded with strength, always has scored in bunches when the team needed it, has never backed away from a challenge. That alone SHOULD earn him time on the court. Good team defense would help too, but the Kings are still infants at that aspect of the game.
The Kings know they are screwed this year at shooting guard (with the deal of not playing Jimmer there). BMc and McC are not the answer, not yet, and maybe will never be, who knows. BMc is at least another year away from being a decent starter, dribbles into traffic, not knowing how to get out of a double team, CAN'T or WON'T stay with a 3 point shooter. Just too young to handle his push by Malone. McC again just too raw right now. No offensive concept whatsoever. Yes he brings something different to the team than Jimmer, I'll take Jimmer all day over either of them.
Glad IT is doing well, and start figuring things out. Will his ego allow him to keep it up? (We will see what happens this summer.)
Kings think they can just throw away offensive talent like Jimmer. It will come back to haunt them. But worse, the organization acted in a criminal and negligent way, and the culture change has yet to occur.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Will Jimmer Fredette see reduced minutes for the Sacramento Kings?
@mjmill Are they really going to bury Jimmer for that long?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets
And now the idiots come out.
@jespy I love Jimmer, but this is the NBA, and you're in fantasyland.
I wonder what text message Malone sent to Jimmer this week. Any ideas? Maybe it's...
"Keep your confidence high, we still believe in you. We're sure you are going to play more than 3 minutes the rest of the year. Yes, that is a total of 3." (But we believe in you.)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 105, Boston Celtics 98
And please, they had to sweat it out till the end to in the game. IT was terrific.
It would have been so much more interesting to see how they would have played if the Celtics had their 2 best players on the court. They played well enough to win, would definitely have lost if Rondo and Sullinger were healthy.
So here we are, after all this time, STILL talking about DMC growing up. Over the summer DMC has to figure out how to change his negative attitude. He DOES want to win and make the all star team, doesn't he?
So what is left to say? The Kings reward Jimmer's best game as a pro by not playing him. It's just too embarrassing for Kings management to deal with this issue any more. They are trying to hide their criminal actions and their lack of morality and just hope nobody notices and the problem just fades away.
But these terrible organization (let's include the Knicks here):
1. Can't hide the obvious facts that their management is clueless
2. Don't care if they rake in the money
They allow their mega-money contract "stars" to hold the team hostage. Everything is for them, team is important but definitely secondary. How Woodson keeps his job is amazing, but the Garden sells out, so it doesn't matter. One of the worst run teams in sports is one of the most valuable, so who cares. The Kings are never going to be THAT valuable, so they need much better decision makers. Can they just throw away a talent like Jimmer? They think so. He made them their $$$ off the court, they think they owe him nothing.
I say they owe him (and everyone associated with the team) everything! I remember when Nate Robinson was buried on the Knicks bench, then one day he played and scored over 40 points. Well, he sure has had a decent NBA career, and I think he could have been better except he was (is) a head case.
So we, as fans of a quality player and person in Jimmer, will suffer the rest of this season. Too much to except the Kings to have a shread of decency in them and release Jimmer at this point. I expect Jimmer to work as hard as possible this summer to work on stamina and quickness drills, not bulk up drills which could negatively affect his shooting.If in the next two years he doesn't pan out, then all of us will apologize for wasting everyone's time.
BUT THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN1
IT played the way a PG is supposed to play...lots of assists, didn't overdribble, great hustle. Good to see he is taking the next step forward.
5 months ago on Game 55 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics
Was Fredette on the bench tonight? I didn't see him there.
We have our answer. Jimmer = DNP rest of year, so why don't you just release him. That would end end any more controversy for the Kings, we all move on.
Too bad Rondo isn't playing...Sac fans and team would have seen how real point guard plays...oh wait, they did in the Knicks game.
@layituplikeaman You really like to stir the pot with your drivel. You have no proof of what you state, it comes from "Out of Nowhere". The Four Freshmen live on.
And you are the hater, not the other people you mention.
5 months ago on Will Jimmer Fredette see reduced minutes for the Sacramento Kings?
I say there is a lot of incentive to play Jimmer the rest of the year. Now that Terry is out for the year, unless they totally screw around and play Outlaw at guard, they will need his scoring off the bench desperately. I don't think they wan to lose, lose, lose. Then Gay will be gone, won't re-up with the Kings.
I've always said they need to develop a winning CULTURE. The worse they treat players, the more they play one on one offense and show no team defense, the longer it will take for this organization to get out of the doldrums.
Even if (well, for sure) Jimmers leaves, other players that the Kings would want to sign have to feel positive about the organization, otherwise the lack of stability could be semi permanent. If Jimmer plays and plays well, other players on the bubble will see that there is no "official" doghouse and possibly want to come here.
By not playing JImmer, the culture remains the same, the fan base sees incompetence, the players they want to gain experience are still not ready to learn in a positive environment and it could come back to haunt them. What happens to these players if THEY don't succeed? Are they going to think they will face the same obstacles that Jimmer has? And will they be able to handle it the way Jimmer has?
Let's set some of the record straight on people who value Jimmer Fredette.
I like IT a lot, I think his best position would be as a 6th man, he would win lots of awards that way, do for whatever team he plays for what Barea did for the Mavs. As a starter he has the ball too much, and right now he has way too many turnovers, though he will get better at it. He is NOT the best team player, at least yet.
As a Jimmer fan, I noticed he got extended minutes TWICE this season, ONE of those times was preseason. The Kings won both of those games. Not a coincidence. Obviously on this team he cannot start, the Kings interior team defense is just terrible. But Jimmer, even with limited playing time, has done much better this year.
For 3 years the Kings management has not valued Jimmer, if DMC really doesn't like him (I only hear that, I don't know that it's true) then shame on DMC, and he will never be the leader the Kings want him to be. I do see DMC have more room to operate with Jimmer on the court, but they virtually never play at the same time, so that opportunity to have two great offensive players WORKING TOGETHER has not been exploited by the Kings.
When Jimmer commits a turnover, he does look bad doing it, and him leaving his feet time and time again is a cardinal sin, and drives Malone nuts. But where is the team offense for the 2nd unit. They look like a rusty gate. That has to change, Jimmer or no Jimmer.
The Big Three? Whoever made that crap up should be punished. Do they compliment each other? Do they REALLY look for each other? Do they have plays for each other? NO, NO, and NO! Malone is over his head here, and let this crap happen all year. If he can't fix it next year, he is doomed to be an assistant the rest of his career.
I could go on, but that's enough for now. As most Jimmer fans state, we don't know what the future holds, but we really believe it will be bright for Jimmer, on a different team.
5 months ago on Jimmer Fredette talks NBA trade deadline and future with Sacramento Kings
This is a "possible" letter sent out...
We thoroughly thank you for not complaining one iota over the last three years. Everyone in the world knows that we have treated you as a non-entity and have done nothing to help you become a world class basketball player since you dominated the college ranks. We admit that we lied to you about having an opportunity to compete for playing time, because every time you received extended minutes you were fantastic. We certainly know that as an organization the first thing we look for in our coaches is the ability to lie. So we are very upset that you personally won the game last week for us vs. the Knicks, our only win in quite a while, because it will make everything look worse when we don't play you much if at all the rest of the year. Heck, we even traded for another veteran guard to make sure of that.
Even though we slammed the door on your career, please don't slam the door on the way out.
PS when we play against you next year, have some pity for us, we suck!
If anyone remembers, during the Mavs championship run, Jason Terry knocked one of the Lakers on his ass late in the season, setting the tone for Dallas, and they didn't look back. Derek Fischer used to do that for the Lakers, so maybe some of Terry's and Evans' toughness is exactly what the Kings need to take another step forward. It won't help them win this year, but it will help the younger players or the future.
Now if they only get Jimmer out of this mess of a team, all Jimmer fans will be thankful, as Malone doesn't appreciate the talent he has, and has no idea how to use it. Malone would be happy with 5 goons starting for his team, as long as they play defense, then who cares what the score is. The GM probably feels different, but has swung back the other way getting 2 over the hill defensive players. He will probably make good draft picks in the summer, and try to get rid of the dead waste he has and has just acquired. And it is their fault that Thornton played so poorly for them, completely ignoring him with IT playing keep-away. No wonder when Thornton got the ball he just chucked it up, so at least he had SOMETHING to do while he was out there. He will get so many more open looks in Brooklyn, and at least he has a bridge to aim for.
5 months ago on Trade Analysis: Why Jason Terry/Reggie Evans for Marcus Thornton makes sense for the Sacramento Kings
Sac Kings will have difficulty in all trades. Rondo doesn't want to play here. Kings did want Rondo. Gay might bolt, who knows. Might stay for one year, who knows. Other players see an unstable environment with a rookie coach who right now makes too many mistakes.
In a few years if Malone proves his salt, that might change. They need to build through the draft, and hope DMC can really mature. If they ever get the new arena built, that will help, though it won't help the people of Sacramento with higher prices and probably higher taxes.
And if they keep Jimmer that would be a huge mistake, based on the comments Malone recently made. Jimmer wins them a game, shows how good he really is, his confidence is unshakenly high, and Malone wants to play BMc and the 2nd rounder. Poor, poor judgment in opening his mouth like that.
5 months ago on Poll: What is the Sacramento Kings' biggest need at the trade deadline?
@drewnusser @layituplikeaman Yes, because he can jump higher and can drive to the basket for monster dunks. Jimmer is a monster shooter and a team player. Both have higher upside than IT, I still say it. Neither will play well on this team with IT and gay and DMC not playing team basketball. Malone a top 30 mind? He sure hasn't shown it yet. The offense is too individually oriented, and the defense doesn't switch and help properly. Playing Thornton so much may be Malone's decision, or Pete's decision, either way it is the wrong decision, and hopefully that will be corrected after the trade deadline whether or not anyone is traded.
5 months ago on Sacramento Kings at All-Star Break Q&A: trade deadline, call-ups and Jimmer Fredette
Now the incredibly stupid comments about Jimmer finally come out. In my opinion, Malone was FORCED to keep him in the game. And I'm sure, also, that he's glad he did, the team really needed a win, and more importantly, HOPE. Jimmer, by his outstanding play, even for one game, screwed up the rotation. Do I bring IT in, do I not, etc.
One thing is certain, no matter what the naysayers fulminate - Jimmer HAS CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF! Perfect example, and as far as I am concerned, the play of the game: 2nd quarter, Jimmer has the ball on a 3 on 1 break. Much to everyone's amazement and consternation, he pulls up for a 3, NAILS IT! Mucho cajones! If he misses it, game over, Jimmer yanked out of game.
Small ample size, my __s! He's been doing it for years. All we Jimmer fans want is for Jimmer to play both the 1 and the 2, open up the floor for the bigs, create, and shoot. Is that asking a lot? I say NO, he just showed you what he could do. LET HIM!
5 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings 106, New York Knicks 101
@layituplikeaman See what I mean about you?
@tpistoia @KennethBrody Sorry, can't tonight, just very excited about the game, and the fact that Jimmer did it in NY makes it much better. Maybe for the next game Smart will come back and give him a DNP. Maybe after the next game tweeters will say Jimmer should go to Europe or play for the Bighorns. So my happiness for Jimmer has to come out tonight.
I also DVR'd the game, and I have to thank Malone for shortening my watching the game over again, all I have to do is watch the 2nd and 4th quarters.
@layituplikeaman Sorry for calling you a name. You're tweets are sent out to provoke, and now, at least one time, all you can do is a one-liner recognizing the obvious. I'm sure if Jimmer isn't up to your standards next game, you'll revert back to your skewed statistics. I like both IT and Jimmer, and I'm obviously a Jimmer fan. Just glad I got to watch him play, living in San Diego all I can do is listen on the radio for a few minutes a game, and hate when Jimmer usually plays under 10 minutes a game, and lately, except for tonight, not in the 2nd half. Still hope he gets traded, though, to a team that will really value him.
I was a Knicks fan before tonight, ever since Oscar Robertson retired, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Kings playing tough and winning in overtime.
@layituplikeaman We don't think you're a Jimmer hater.
We know you're a Jimmer hater.
We also know you're an idiot.
Yep, put IT in, take the ball out of Jimmer's hands. Can't leave well enough alone. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
It's time to take Jimmer out...he is just flat out embarrassing everybody on the court...therefore embarrassing his dumbass coach. Malone needs to again play great defense against Jimmer.
@layituplikeaman What team are YOU watching? DMC is a terrible defender, that's partly why IT and Jimmer look so bad on defense.
If Rudy doesn't care about stats then he makes that pass to Jimmer wide open instead of shooting into a double team.
I do think they have a great chance to beat the Knicks, I think they match up very well against them.
IT 10 x better then Felton DMC way better than Chandler who has no offensive game Thornton and Shumpert a wash Anthony way better than Thompson Gay better than Smith
But Knicks bench better than Kings bench
Jimmer in NY could be the X factor IF HE GETS TO PLAY
5 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Sacramento Kings 99
Time to change the name of "The Big 3" to "The No D 3".
Kings need a total culture change. They have nobody to do the dirty work to win games. I think that is what Malone wants, so he needs some different players.
Again, Malone keeps his best shooter on the bench the entire 2nd half. Yes, he was 0 for 3 in the 1st half, but he got 2 good looks, made a great pass to DMC for the dunk of the half (BMc had the dunk of the 2nd half), had 0 turnovers. You've got to get him more time to help this team, but it's just not going to happen.
Nice game by Thornton, he also needs to play for someone else to maximize his talents. Should have more touches when he is open, but when he is not open, should never shoot the ball.
I just don't see Rudy worth $19m, he is not a team player. Can be dominant at times, not much if any D, I don't wonder any more why he has not found a permanent home. Not a max $ player.
Wouldn't be surprised if this team is not on national TV the rest of the year.
As an admitted Jimmer fan, really hope he gets traded this week. I now can even see him being waived the way he is used and abused by Malone, so McCallum can get some experience.
Consistent starting lineup from Malone, OK, except why play Thornton? Can't get his team to play defense, not his fault. Can't get his team to play team offense, yes his fault. Can't get DMC to act like a man more often, yes his fault. Gives free reign to IT, I think that is OK.
Jerks around bench, terrible. Won't play Jimmer with DMC, not good. Won't place one of the best shooters in the league in a position to succeed, terrible.
Right now Malone's grade is D-.
5 months, 1 week ago on Sacramento Kings road trip takes Michael Malone back to NBA coaching roots
There is another aspect to his behavior. He does have a dark side to him, but ever since he has been a pro, he has been on a losing team. That wears you down, and eventually, unless you are very strong mentally and have a lot of strong people around you to supports you, it is very easy to show the cracks.
It still is on Cousins, though, to understand the process of growing up and lead his team to become a winning franchise. And he does have to be held accountable for his actions, or his leadership will always be suspect.
5 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: The politics of DeMarcus Cousins' All-Star snub
@layituplikeaman If I'm the Knicks I do this immediately...an old idiot who doesn't play and a backup PG who never plays for a great shooter. I don't think the Kings are that stupid to get crap for quality.
5 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Washington Wizards 93, Sacramento Kings 84
@Cowbb Every time IT plays too much he just doesn't have it at the end of the game...put someone in for a couple of minutes, then IT can win the game for the Kings.
If you want points, why is the league's best 3 pt shooter sitting on the bench?
What a terrific article! Well written. DMC is one of the top players in the league. A BIG, BIG reason he didn't get in is that besides the fact that his team is losing, Sacramento is a small market team, fans don't vote for players that they don't get to see on national TV.
I think Cousins took a BIG step in his development when he removed IT from his confrontation with Bayless. That was a very mature and team first action that shows he is becoming a forthright professional ready to represent Sacramento as an all star, and his country as an Olympian.
@layituplikeaman I really believe that IT's first option is to pass the ball to himself.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Isaiah Thomas faces growing pains as Sacramento Kings starting point guard
@layituplikeaman There would be a small riot in Sacramento if he were waived. Team would lose season ticket holders, team would move to Seattle. Fans in Sacramento want Jimmer to succeed. Unfortunately he will succeed somewhere else.
@KDsmooth @KennethBrody Nash, Lin, Sefolosha, Teague, W Chandler, Gallinari, C Oakley, Bogut, I could name hundreds, the point is that BMc is getting playing time as a 20 yr old rookie, which is both amazing and tells you the sad state of the Kings roster that they wanted him to start.
@KDsmooth @KennethBrody I'm talking about Jimmer! Duh!
@KDsmooth @KennethBrody And players do learn the "ruthless killer" attitude. I saw a passive rookie Brad Park playing for the NY Rangers, just not stepping it up. Then one day Gordie Howe gave him a vicious elbow to the face. You bet Brad Park stepped it up after that and became a great player.
@KDsmooth @KennethBrody BMc is what, 20, 21? It's just too difficult a jump at that age. He will get there.
People who are just shooters are players like Novak, Korver, Mike Miller. Stand around and shoot. Jimmer can do so much more, he has great court vision, can pass well. Yes, it drives me nuts when he tries a jump pass, but in a limited time on court no win situation, he just tries to do too much. He tries to please his coaches way too much, and with the coaches he has had in the NBA, that turned out to be a waste of time anyway.
And, by the way, he can shoot WAY better than most.
The Kings have 3 isolation players in the starting lineup, and 2 offensive black holes. They were hoping BMc would be ready, but it is so hard coming in after 1 year in college.
Guaranteed he will start next year, after working hard all upcoming summer. They need a trade or a great free agent PG to come in and be a real PG. Can IT do that? Yes, and no, but again, he would be 6th man of the year in the NBA if placed in that role. Then they could draft a real top notchpower forward or a great defensive center and let DMC do what he does best, which is offense and rebounding.
Jimmer will not be here next year, end of discussion. He will find a team and a coach who will use him properly, and be an excellent player somewhere else.
So I expect if he is still here after the trade deadline, Malone will continue to jerk him around and totally misuse and abuse him. Malone in his first season has not shown to anyone any outstanding coaching abilities. At the end of the season, he will be able to look back and see all his mistakes (very few coaching highlights to reflect on), and hopefully he can learn from his mistakes. Man, he has a lot of learning to do!
@layituplikeaman You mean, a pass first PG like IT?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Boston Celtics 99, Sacramento Kings 88
@layituplikeaman You're like a bad penny that won't go away. Jimmer definitely won't be here next year, maybe two days away from being traded. This was the perfect opportunity to start Jimmer and see how he plays with extended minutes, and the Kings could trade him for more value by showcasing him. (See Thornton, but except for one game, proved he as no trade value.) Jimmer and DMC could have done some damage together, but again, the best defense against Jimmer is by Malone, who has absolute disrespect for him and doesn't do anything to maximize a weapon he has no idea how to use.
Malone is a defensive coach who is "stuck" with great offensive players and can't win with them. That's on Malone. Starting Outlaw? Rediculous.
I like IT a lot, but I don't see him as a great starter, he would be absolutely fantastic as a 6th man, would EASILY be 6th man of the year in the NBA.
Jimmer may or may not be an NBA starter, but we HAVE NEVER FOUND OUT ABOUT THAT in 3 pathetically coached seasons in Sacramento.
I hate the Celts, but I would be happy to see Jimmer play for any other team than this one, the way things are in Sacramento.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 50 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics
I sure hope Jimmer gets traded soon. He would continue to get very limited minutes behind poor shooting IT, and I realize that a backcourt of IT and Jimmer just won't work. IT must have the ball and will only shoot, or pass to Rudy or DMC, unless there is one second on the clock, then he will bail himself out.
The Kings have and continue to waste Fredette's talent, good luck to him on another team.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 109, Toronto Raptors 101
@Cowbb @Kingtut1 Like I said, Malone plays the best defense against Jimmer.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 49 Preview: Toronto Raptors at Sacramento Kings
@mmarcum @layituplikeaman If a team thinks Jimmer can make a difference in a championship run, they might try to pick him up. If a team thinks they could sign him for next year, they might try to get him now so he will be acclimated to the team sooner. If Jimmer gets some more playing time tonight, and is lights out shooting, teams will be salivating to get him. If the Kings want to showcase Jimmer, they are running out of time.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 99, Chicago Bulls 70
I thought this article was about DMC, not various point guards. One of the best players in the game, should concentrate on playing, not bitching. Holds grudges that takes away from his excellence (Dunleavy, Griffin).
Please don't interview him after a game until he puts a shirt on, he looks like he is from Papua-New Guinea.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on DeMarcus Cousins talks Sacramento Kings return from lengthy injury layoff
Good defense by Malone on Jimmer. He remembers when Jimmer scored 18 points in 11 minutes last year in LA...couldn't let that happen again!
Malone noticed a flaw in Jimmer's game last night - he was too hot for his own good, and the crowd was solidly behind Jimmer...so he had to take him out!
Evidently you are not old enough to remember all the home calls the Celts got in the 50's and 60's. Teams were lucky to get out of the sweatbox with their pants still on. Auerbach and his stinky cigar used to intimidate all the refs.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: Farewell from Sacramento, David Stern
@Kingznut The Kings? Never heard of them...oh, wait, isn't that the team that Jimmer plays for?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 48 Preview: Chicago Bulls at Sacramento Kings
This game is so winnable...just keep Noah off the boards.
@layituplikeaman There it is! Right there! You will miss Jimmer's shooting and team first personality. I agree Jimmer isn't the best defensive player, but if the Kings had a monster of a defensive forward, then anyone would much rather have Jimmer than IT.
By the way, how can you miss it when he doesn't play that much. You should be missing it NOW!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: San Antonio Spurs 95, Sacramento Kings 93
@al asifyouknow @Cowbb We all say that. The question is, now that he has a taste for starting, he will want to be a starter next season. He will not want to go back to being a bench player. So he has two choices for next season...Find a team that will let him be a starter (Kings?), or if no one will let him start, take the best deal for a contender that will give him guaranteed backup minutes. I think he will stay on the Kings, I don't see him starting anywhere else.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Isaiah Thomas just a good player on a bad team?
@Jim Les for 3 @KennethBrody@layituplikeaman "As the leader of the team, you have to do things that are out of you comfort zone at times."
What is Thomas' comfort zone? Shoot, shoot, shoot! What isn't his comfort zone? Fostering team offense.
Malone needs to get this team out of its offensive "comfort zone" and teach team defense AND team offense. Talent will only take you so far.
LeBron found that out, and became not just a great player, but a leader. By the way, he was the one who said that quote, and it was last night after beating the Knicks.
@layituplikeaman Who is he supposed to pass to? Are you kidding, are you supporting the theory of bad team play because IT thinks he is better than anyone else? So you are now comparing him to Carmelo?
The best WINNING players in the league all are willing passers, the team always comes first before their own stats.
Remember, CHANGE THE CULTURE of losing basketball, which means sacrificing yourself to develop the best TEAM.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: San Antonio Spurs 95, Sacramento Kings 93
@Cowbb @Kingznut Don't hold your breath...it doesn't matter anymore, time to free Jimmer, get away from this organization that has never shown any faith in him since DMC got Westphal fired.
Does anyone know why JImmer is inactive?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 47 Preview: Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs
Just listened to the broadcast by Jonathan and James. They are pretty astute to the machinations of the Kings. They have a good relation with the Kings, so they don't want to say things to get management upset. But if these 2 guys are saying what's up with not playing Jimmer, stop playing Thornton/eat his contract, then something seriously is wrong with management decisions.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Dallas Mavericks 107, Sacramento Kings 103
@layituplikeaman Kings are trying to get rid of bad contracts in any trade right now, and no one is going for that.
Don't you all get it? When Malone said all the guards would have a chance to show their stuff in the preseason, he meant, I'm playing the guys with the contracts. When Jimmer scored 20+ points in his only start in the preseason, Malone meant, have a seat, Jimmer. When G Vasquez played on the Kings while he was injured, Malone meant, DNP, Jimmer. While Jimmer is the Kings best pure shooter, Malone meant, no rhythm for you, Jimmer. (Meanwhile, he keeps shooing over 50%.) When Jimmer has a turnover, Malone means, get off the floor, Jimmer.
So now, when Malone says he's tired of bad defense, who takes the fall for the team? You guessed it! I really don't know how Jimmer puts up with all of this, yet stays so positive, it's a lot of credit to him. I don't know what Malone is trying to prove, except to continually show his disrespect for a very good player.
I know that I am a Jimmer fan, and I would love to see him get not 6, not 9, not 10 minutes a game, but 20-30. Again, the Kings are going nowhere fast, they have nothing to lose, everything to gain to showcase Jimmer to get more in a trade for him.
Man websites state that many teams would love to have a pure shooter such as Jimmer for their run to the playoffs. It's definitely time.
Ben should be in the game, he shows flashes of excellence. How is IT in, this is his 3rd year?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Ben McLemore not selected to 2014 Rising Stars Challenge
@layituplikeaman Article ranking the top 10 nba point gruards Bleacher Report
1 Paul 2 Curry 3 Westbrook 4 Wall 5 Lillard 6 Irving 7 Conley 8 Parker 9 Lawson 10 tie Bledsoe and Dragic
IT might get there in the future
Jimmer is not a point guard, at least not yet, he is a lights out shooter, not being used properly by the KIngs
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Utah Jazz 106, Sacramento Kings 99
@TABDOG It's obvious that both IT and Jimmer try to do too much. But IT is a true point guard, and McCallum isn't ready, so IT will get every opportunity and the minutes no matter what, until the Kings get another PG for the 1st or 2nd unit.
If Jimmer had a contract for next year or beyond, he would be getting more minutes, some as PG, some as SG. But Malone doesn't really want or respect him, and he shows it, so he yanks him around. We all know Jimmer isn't really a PG, but he still tries hard playing out of position, and he still shoots well for someone who isn't allowed to get in a rhythm. And when Jimmer gets time at his better position, he is often lights out.
Both players will be in the league a while, so all of you quit ragging on either player. Next year Jimmer won't be on the Kings, and IT might be.
Smack talk is for winners only. So you losers wait till next year with your Big Three BS and your anti Jimmer BS.
Just finished watching an episode of Gunsmoke. How's this for a comparison to IT? Marshall Dillon was talking about a gunfighter named Ken Creed. After being shot in the wrist by Creed, Matt Dillon said, "He's all speed. He doesn't have the ability to stand there and take that extra second to fire accurately." I think that is the way IT is right now. One day shooting well, the next day 7 for 21. So he needs to gain the experience to slow the game down and make better decisions.
Jimmer, on the other hand, needs to play off ball, take the shot when it presents itself, not ball handle too much. Then he will get more points and assists and less turnovers, but unfortunately the Kings won't use him that way.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 44 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz
@zeke22@KennethBrody I agree with you, I already said that in the above post. And I think IT will even get better.
What my point is, Jimmer is not a PG, has no chance to get minutes as a SG, so trade him already and stop wasting his and everyone else's time.
But don't rag on Jimmer, he is doing his best, miscast, with another rookie coach who won't maximize his natural abilities.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Indiana Pacers 116, Sacramento Kings 111
By the way, IT is very good. And last night, stats 6 assists, 5 turnovers, but I have no problem with that LAST NIGHT. Unfortunately, that ratio happens much too often for him. But he will get better, he just has to know that is unacceptable for a starting PG. Does he? I say yes, and no. Right now I don't think he cares too much about it.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Indiana Pacers 116, Sacramento Kings 111
When Jimmer has a good day, his fans let everyone know. And vice versa, when he doesn't do well, his detractors come out of the coop. He has had both on the Kings, and always in limited minutes. Does he deserve more minutes? Yes, but obviously not as a point guard. He really is a SG, but can't get on the court as one, due to the Kings roster and due to a coach who (as it seems to me) doesn't like/trust him. When he shoots in rhythm he is deadly. As a point guard he is not so much. So after Thornton's explosion, JImmer has no shot at playing SG on this team. That is why he, as well as the Kings, need a trade.
The quote of the game concerned Thornton. Good for Thornton, he deserved to play good game. When has Jimmer ever been given the chance to play without someone looking over his shoulder on the Kings? Not since Westphal a long long time ago.
So again, hang in there, JF, there is LAK next season. (Life after Kings)
@Raiderfusion If, if, if....sounds like the call of losers.
Since Malone has no use for his backup PG, trade him. No more whipping boy for a loser franchise.
@Kingznut That's not happening, please be more realistic. Malone is not going to reverse JF and IT minutes. Jimmer could play more if he can get some time in as SG as well as backing up IT as PG. Better yet, trade JF to a team that would maximize his talents.
6 months ago on Sacramento Kings lose Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins to injury
@Jim Les for 3 I agree with a lot of what you say, not all. But the Kings won't trade him because based on the way he can shoot, like he did tonight, the Kings would look bad and very petty if he did well anywhere else.
6 months ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Houston Rockets 119, Sacramento Kings 98
Note to Malone: Jimmer can shoot!
4-6 all threes
Thornton and BMc 5-18
Wake up rookie and swallow your pride!
@layituplikeaman You said name one, I'll name two
6 months ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings 114, New Orleans Pelicans 97
@layituplikeaman Consistent minutes? You sure are seeing things differently than me. Consistent minutes means at least 20 min/game, not under 10. He can't get in any shooting rhythm, and he gets YANKED when his teammates can't score. For a great shooter to get 3 or so shots a game, what a waste of talent. It will be better served on another team, and the team that trades for him will put him in an opportunity to succeed. The Kings do NOT give him that opportunity. This is just so obvious, why doesn't everyone see this? They sure don't want JImmer, otherwise they would have renewed his contract. So trade him already and do the right thing for a player who never said a bad word about anyone, who plays team basketball, and has oodles of talent that the Kings don't care about.
You beat me to it. Please trade Jimmer, he really wants to start his NBA career. There are good teams out there that could use a great shooter. Knicks, Thunder, Heat, Spurs, just to name a few, would gladly use him properly. McCallum is back with the team, let him handle the backup/mop up role. Agree, Jimmer's agent(s) have to speak up now. Malone, glad your team is doing well, but when you need someone to step up besides a starter, good luck with the trust you show them.
@jazzhater Again, it's obvious Malone has no use for Jimmer. He wants Jimmer gone and wants IT to stay next year. BMc and Thornton have contracts that run through next season, so he will absolutely play them more than JF. Jimmer is really not a point guard, so Malone could care less how much he plays. Don't forget, this is Malone's first year, so no matter what happens he will e back next season, and he knows JF will run for the hills after the season if, unfortunately, he doesn't get traded.
I don't like it, but that is just the way it is. Does Jimmer deserve better treatment? Yes, but you can't deny that IT has blossomed. But just because you are stuck with Thornton doesn't mean you have to play him.
So the Kings are in a quandary. They would love to dump Thornton, but nobody will take him. The more they try to showcase him, the worse he looks. The more they play Jimmer, the better he will be when he bolts after the season, the more he will embarrass the Kings next year.
Bottom line, they are professionals, they know they have to put up with this crap organization. The Kings management is trying to rid themselves of this perception, but they can't they way they treat the people they have had this year - Vasquez, Outlaw, Jimmer.
6 months ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Oklahoma City Thunder 108, Sacramento Kings 93
Again, I see that Malone has no use for Jimmer, he only is using him because IT can't play 48 minutes a game. If you disrespect Jimmer that much, please trade him. They won't, because the Kings don't want Jimmer, but especially don't want Jimmer to make them look bad.
James, you say give anyone a chance at the 2 guard at this point. If the Kings do that it will be BMac, he will go back to starting. You KNOW they are not ever going to give Jimmer a shot, why even suggest that, even flippantly the way you did. Malone only views Jimmer as a space filler to give IT a blow here and there. He will never get enough minutes on this team no matter what he does or doesn't do, to find a real basketball rhythm. Jimmer knows the deal at this point. Malone wants defensive players to play with his selfish offensive players. Thornton and BMac are bigger than Jimmer, and they know they are not getting the ball playing with the other starters, so they are in and Jimmer is out.
It is screamingly obvious at this point that Jimmer has no real shot with this team, and he should be traded ASAP.
6 months ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Memphis Grizzlies 91, Sacramento Kings 90
@zeke22@KennethBrody Knock it off, Zeke. I always say IT is a good player. But I also say that Jimmer's upside is much greater, but obviously won't/can't show it with this team. So he should be cut loose ASAP and get a REAL opportunity to play. Sorry, Zeke, no matter what you say, it hasn't happened here. He knows he can play, and nobody is going to take that away from him, neither by poor coaching or uneducated fans.
6 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings 111, Minnesota Timberwolves 108
At this point Jimmer will have no illusions about his role on the Kings. They are obviously just holding him hostage for the rest of the year, or they can't wait to trade him. Malone has shown for whatever reason that he has no faith in Jimmer, and has no plan to or ideas how to develop him. If your starting point guard has 7 assists and 7 turnovers and tries to mismanage the end game, and BMac injured, and you still won't play Jimmer, then you have shown your true colors. Please, no more BS about Jimmer, coach, we don't care anymore. There is almost nothing you can do to remedy this situation, and you have shown that you don't really care about the team, just about your rookie stats. You don't want Jimmer on the team, so please trade/release him ASAP. That way I don't have to care one iota about the Kings. I would love to, but it is now impossible.
I finally get to watch a Kings game live, on NBA TV. Let's end the debate of IT vs. Jimmer, it's stupid. Both are good players. But Jimmer's upside is so much higher. He looked so good in the 1st half against the Pacers. Can't split the d? WRONG! Great pass to Williams for the monster dunk. Give me a break, this guy can play, and play not just well, but great!
6 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: Jimmer Fredette finds a role and some perspective with the Sacramento Kings
@discocricket Just like disco, your ideas are completely outdated. Jimmer is getting regular time now and has personally helped the club win games by being the leader of the 2nd unit, being unselfish and shooting the way he can. I also think one of Jimmer's roles now is to get BMac open looks and help develop him, which IT probably wouldn't do. Thornton is starting for one reason, to fill space on the 1st unit, because he sure isn't going to see the ball much. So don't feel sorry for Jimmer, he is doing quite nicely, and always will, no matter how he has been treated. He must have a strong inner core (and as he says a steady rock for a wife) to have gone through all the crap he has seen and remain unscathed, even if they have tried to scar him and hurt him.
IT could be the best....
not a starter, would be fantastic off the bench
I think the Kings start IT because when he becomes a free agent, no other team is going to offer him the starting PG position, so he will resign with the Kings.
Someone name me a team who will give him the starting PG job next season.
And he COULD apply more defensive pressure if he played less minutes.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Isaiah Thomas looks to improve defensive ball pressure
@Kingznut They are not dumping him, he is a good not great player and is making under $1m.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Sacramento Kings clear air with players' only meeting Sunday
@billymack@KennethBrody Don't worry, Jimmer won't be back with the Kings next year. IT may not be back. Thornton will be. So who will be your point guards next season? You seem to want Rudy Gay for that position. Yes I remember Kenny Thomas. I probably forgot about more players than you can remember. I never liked his game. Oh, excuse me, he was athletic though. Why are you bringing up Mikki Moore. OK, I'll bring up Adrian Smith. Great player, what you never heard of him? Wow! What's your point? None of the players you mentioned are in any "doghouse".
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: DeMarcus Cousins needs his Sacramento Kings teammates to buy in
@asharma6@KennethBrody If you read what I wrote, I wrote and write all the time they need a monster of a defensive forward. So we agree. Also, Rondo would be so much better for the team than IT, if they could get him. So I think we agree about it.
@Demarcus Cousins Didn't say Jimmer does pick and roll. I said he passes to DMC and rolls away to space the floor. Could he pick and roll with DMC or Rudy, I don't know, the Kings don't try it, maybe they know what their players can do more than I do.
@billymack How are any of those players in "deep trouble"? They are all getting paid $millions, and all will be in the league for a few more years at least. I wish I was in deep trouble like that.
They all also have definite roles they play on the Kings this year. They all have basketball ability. The only "deep trouble" is putting up with these ridiculous comments.
@asharma6 Man, this is just pathetic. I see how you think, if DMC thinks this way then the team is doomed. The best player is supposed to make everyone around him better. For example, the Knicks have so little talent, CA just can't make anyone else better, they are not good enough. With the right playmaker (not IT), DMC can be used in so many different ways. Pick and role, inside-outside, iso, screen, and more. DMC must demand the plays run through him most of the time, and so must Malone, but the team must buy into this. When Jimmer is on the court with DMC, he gets him the ball, and rolls away. The spacing is beautiful. IT dribbles into traffic, and so DMC doesn't get to do what he does best. Nobody is calling DMC selfish, we all want him to be a great LEADER, which right now he is not. If the rumors about RG and IT are true that they don't get along, then one or both of them are selfish, and Malone must get a handle on that. Rudy is a better player, so IT must change or not play as much. You don't like Fredette? I bet you the way he conducts himself on the court now, his teammates like him;
Quit ragging on the players, they all have their abilities and drawbacks. This comment you made is exactly what the players CAN'T do, can't think along those lines. Be a team or don't get court time. And the team starts with DMC and he knows that, too, can he handle it the right way?
@KDsmooth@KennethBrody My starting 5 would be DMC, Gay, Thompson, JImmer or Thornton, and Rondo.
I just don't get it. DMC is their best player by far, in fact one of the best in the league. Malone has to lay down the law...play selfishly, and you don't play. Cousins is going to be their best offensive option for a long, long, time. Get in the lineup to play with him shooters who can space the floor, players who will pass the ball to him, and one ferocious defensive forward. And then you will win. Unfortunately this year, they won't win with the guards they have starting, so if that is really the game plan, then they are just playing for next year. Jimmer won't sign with them next year, he shouldn;t, not the way he has been treated. IT shouldn't be starting, he is so much better suited as a 2nd team game changer. McLemore shouldn't be starting, he needs the ball more and is suited right now to be another great player on the second unit for this year. What else? DMC is somewhat correct, but again, he now should just shut up, no more T's, no more comments, lead by example and did I mention he should shut up?
@al asifyouknow Who else do you want to shoot, these are the Kings top 3 offensive players who should be taking most of the shots. Of course if they ever gave Jimmer a chance with those 3, then you could add Jimmer to this group, but Malone won't play IT and Jimmer together.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: San Antonio Spurs 112, Sacramento Kings 104
@allbenjamens Dream on...Kings aren't going to take that salary hike and give IT away for inconsistent Lin.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Michael Malone heats up, loses sight of big picture
Malone is not getting fired. We know he wants the team to play defense, but until they get a bona fide shot blocker, teams will attack the paint without much resistance. This makes the Jimmer/IT discussion moot. They are both good players, they both should be playing lots of minutes. I really feel that IT wants the ball is in hands a lot, so he should be coming off the bench and will torch any second unit in the league. Jimmer is so willing to pass and also get the ball to DMC, who won't be doubled when Jimmer is his outlet.
But again, without interior presence, the Sacramento Kings guards cannot be evaluated properly as to their value to the team.
The only reason they got rid of Greivis is because his trade value was worth more than any other Kings guard. He was all about team, so everyone knew he could play anywhere (except maybe Sacramento).
So Malone, stop bashing your team in public, it will come back to haunt you, who knows where your career will take you. Your GM will get you the players you want, and Jimmer next year on some other team (and maybe some other players, too) will make you look foolish for the way that you have treated them so far.
7 months ago on Michael Malone tired of Sacramento Kings' inconsistency on defense
@zeke22@Kingznut Did you actually watch the game last night? Jimmer was the 2nd best Kings player out there, behind DMC. The Kings lost because of DMC foul trouble.
IT was good last night, Jimmer was outstanding. Until the help defense gets better and gets some shots blocked (trade, please), IT will not look good defensively.
When Jimmer shot the ball in rhythm last night, you knew it was going in. That shot from the corner was a 3 pt. dunk shot. He constantly fed Cousins in the post, and they couldn't double team him with Jimmer on the floor. Isn't it is supposed to be that way? Jimmer scored 9 points in 13 minutes, and wasn't even looking for his shot, he spread the floor beautifully.
The problem with IT and Jimmer is that sometimes they just try too hard, try to make a hard play instead of keeping it simple. Jimmer kept it simple last night, and it worked out great for him.
Also, at the game's end, shouldn't Malone have both IT and Jimmer in together for 3 point shooting? You could have on the floor IT, DMC, Gay, Thornton, and Jimmer and really spread the floor out for some 3 pt. attempts.
7 months ago on CK Press Box Report: New Orleans Pelicans 113, Sacramento Kings 100
Then he should be traded to a team that will appreciate him.
7 months ago on Sunday Musings: Sacramento Kings begin assembling the right pieces
What happens to all you IT fans when he gets traded to Boston along with Mac for Rondo? This trade would make the Kings a much better team. Rondo and Thornton starting, McCallum and Jimmer off the bench.
Kings have back to back games. If Jimmer gets minimal time the next two games, then it will definitely be time to trade him. Knicks are desperate for a guard now, they will give up more than other teams.
7 months, 1 week ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 106, Houston Rockets 91
@tpistoia@KennethBrody So constituting 5 minutes a game, for the last 2 games, all in the 1st half, is your version of "bring Jimmer off the bench"?
It's not going to happen unless something bad happens to IT, which I hope doesn't happen. Jimmer is stuck riding the pine and still not developing properly until he gets off this team.
7 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: Looking deeper at the Rudy Gay trade
I think it's a great trade for Sacramento. They get the best player in the deal.
The best thing about this trade is that it forces Malone to be a real coach. He has a lot of talent on his hands now, so either he makes the team a cohesive unit, or allows the continued selfish play of the many individuals that make up this team.
Starting IT is not going to help.
How about this for a starting lineup...
forwards Williams and JT
guards Gay and Jimmer
That leaves IT and Mac coming off the bench, these 2 off the bench will blow away any second unit in the league.
The commentators are playing both sides of the fence with Jimmer. They speak as though Jimmer really has had a fair chance to play, and say he hasn't stepped up. They say he needs to shoot more. They say he is not and will not be great. They say all this almost hoping he fails, so they can then say "I told you so".
I say Jimmer should be starting and playing at least 30 minutes a game. Isiah also plays 30 minutes a game coming off the bench, where his shoot first mentality is perfect. Mac plays 25-30 minutes, and Thornton (please trade him) and McCallum share whatever is left.
Jimmer's offense and willingness to pass the ball opens lanes and space for everyone. If Malone is so hot, then he should be able to teach TEAM DEFENSE.
What do you say, Malone, ready to keep some promises you haven't kept yet? Are you ready to put people in the best positions so the TEAM succeeds? It made no sense to bench Jimmer in the 2nd half, when Phoenix is the one team that he played in the preseason lots of minutes, and lit them up.
Or can you just tell the truth how you feel, and then look for a way to trade Mr. Fredette so he can fulfill his great potential which the Sacramento Kings has stifled?
7 months, 1 week ago on Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Extra: Jimmer Fredette's new opportunity and Sacramento Kings assistant Micah Nori on statistical context
Answer to #3 - Neither
Jimmer plays 5 minutes, none in the 2nd half. McCallum doesn't play. This is a f.. disgrace by Malone. Give these guys a chance.
2 assists in 40 minutes from your point guard? Thornton shoots 1 - 7 and keeps playing?
I'm not expecting ANYTHING from this rotten organization anymore, so PLEASE trade Jimmer to a team that will give him a chance. Or even just GIVE HIM to some other team. The Knicks are desperate for a scoring guard, he would be great on the Knicks. Think about it, will you?
7 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Phoenix Suns 116, Sacramento Kings 107
@Mad Dam Well what happened? Lucky win in Utah, blow out the Mavs, and get blown out at home by Jazz. At least Jimmer got some court time, but he should be playing much more. Glad to see he got some shots off.
Kings, PLEASE get rid of Thornton, as long as you are making roster changes.
7 months, 1 week ago on Rudy Gay won't make Sacramento Kings debut against Utah Jazz
We now will see if Jimmer will get an opportunity for some consistent time on the court, or if the Kings bypass him to play McCallum. The first thing I checked after the trade was announced is if the Kings received a guard in return, and they didn't. So this is a good thing for the Kings, they finally have 5 guards who can play, and they'll still only play 4.
If they bypass Jimmer, then he really needs to ask for a trade. But actually, he should be one of the 1st offensive options on the second unit.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
What is Sacramento's record so far? 4-13? nd they won't give Jimmer a chance? And how consistent are the other guards? McLemore is a keeper, and that's about it. Play JImmer with McLemore and see the WINS pile up.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Jimmer Fredette weathers storm of trade rumors in Sacramento
Malone has NOT given Jimmer Fredette a chance to step forward. Too many DNPs, and when he gets in it's for very few minutes. Tell me, how many other Kings players have highlight reels all over the internet? NONE! Jimmer would be a lights out player if they gave him lots of time on the court. AND he is a team player, very willing to pass the ball. (Forgive me, this makes too much sense.)
7 months, 2 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Oklahoma City Thunder 97, Sacramento Kings 95
How about benching IT and playing Jimmer and Thornton together. IT is not as great as the Kings think he is, his defense is terrible, and he dribbles way too much. Jimmer at PG would be so much more creative, and if given a decent amount of time, would be deadly as a shooter.
But it's the Kings, so common sense doesn't really flyhere.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Marcus Thornton reclaims minutes from Jimmer Fredette in Sacramento Kings rotation
Crawford goes off for 31 Poor defense by Jimmer? Not this time, he didn't play. Kings are 4-10, and won't play Jimmer? Play him or trade him, please! He is too good to be sitting all this time. Again, at this point HIS defense is not the issue. Kings should play him and let him be Jimmer, he is the most creative AND unselfish player on the team. Time to face facts, IT is not the great player the Kings think he is, how about benching him and as a second unit play Jimmer and Thornton together. Too much sense for the Kings, and the Kings are not honest enough to admit that they are screwing with Jimmer's career. Really, does anyone outside of Sacramento root for them? Nobody outside of Sac would watch them EXCEPT for Jimmer. He actually stayed with his man vs. LA, and only when he was taken out did that player start scoring. The Kings have no plays set up for Jimmer, everything he does he has to create for himself, and that's why some of his shots are forced up. But Jimmer will create for everyone. I'm ready to see him play 30 minutes a game for 5-10 games IN A ROW and see how he does. The Kings really owe that to Jimmer as well as themselves, and they will find out they have a great player. Too much to ask? NOT AT ALL!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on With the Sacramento Kings struggling, Jimmer Fredette gets another shot
@al asifyouknow Shut down guards...
Walt Frazier, Michael Cooper
Any other shut down guards hardly played because they were such a liability on offense
Team defense wins championships, combined with great offense.
So Jimmer should play, and play a lot.
8 months ago on With the Sacramento Kings struggling, Jimmer Fredette gets another shot