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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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Sacramento Kings need shooting following exits of Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton
@KingsAllDay Great! Then he should act like one.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Will Jimmer Fredette see reduced minutes for the Sacramento Kings?
@mjmill Are they really going to bury Jimmer for that long?
6 months, 1 week 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.)
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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!
6 months, 2 weeks 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
6 months, 3 weeks 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-.
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 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!