This might be his final chance. Lets see if he gets the minutes that Jimmer
Nation has been saying is all he needs to prove himself.
OK - now let's hear all you experts (you know who you are - he lit you up
with 49) spin this one. Good job Jimmer!!
Good luck Jimmer, here's one Ute fan who bears you no ill will.
Congratulations Jimmer! Here is to hoping that you have a good year in New
Orleans that leads to a longer contract there or elsewhere in the NBA.
Go Jimmer! Good luck with the new team!
Good for Jimmer, and I personally hope when New Orleans plays the Jazz, Jimmer
lights them up for 30 plus.
Doesn't say much for any kind of long term career. A stop-gap, plug a hole
for the Pelicans for this year only.
100% behind this guy. Play or no play, he's conducted himself with class
the whole way.
Pelicans?Is that D-league?
Jimmermania continues...a million dollars a year, not a bad gig!
Good for Jimmer. Unfortunately he is reunited with Tyreke Evans. The guy would
never pass the ball to Jimmer when they were both in Sac. Doesn't matter
if you have a shooter if you don't have a passer.
@Tom in CAWhat do you mean "spin this one"? There's no
need to spin it - the facts speak for themselves. He just signed a one-year
deal at the league minimum for one of the worst teams in the NBA. In other
words, a bad NBA team sees him as practice fodder. Who needs to put spin on
Jimmer has never had a real opportunity in the NBA to show what he can do...the
inept Kings did him a great disservice by not giving him a chance with their
selfish play. If Jimmer is given a fair chance, he will be resigned or pick up
a better contract with another team. Every team needs a shooter.
this is what happens when Ute fans can't get over being dominated like a
high school team for 4 years…Jimmer took you guys to the woodshed every
game and you just had to accept it. Now you hope he fails and doesn't do
well. He's been an NBA player for what? 5 years? so embarrassing.
What? ChrisB hasn't commented yet? I am sure I must be in an alternate
reality. BYU fans posting on a BYU article first and Jimmer signing yet another
contract with an NBA team. Say what you will, Brave Sir Robin, but it was a
short week ago that we were assured Jimmer would never sign another contract
with any NBA team and he was certainly headed for Europe. This is an NBA
contract, league minimum or no (nearly $1 million ain't bad), bad team or
no (the Pelicans finished 9 games above the Jazz and ahead of 9 teams in total).
Good luck, Jimmer. I hope you prove as many people wrong with your pro career
as you did in your college career.
Sir - Plain to see the 49 point smack down still hurts.
When you are wrong, you're wrong. And I was very wrong about Burdette. I
projected him out of the Association in three years and signing a contract in
Tel Aviv. Instead he just signed a one year contract for the league minimum.
Congrats to Jimmer and his nation of fans.
Ute fans/Jimmer haters were wrong about him having to go to Europe, so now
it's all about him playing for the league minimum on a bad team. Not quite
the same thing -- if it makes you feel better, New Orleans was once run by
France, and they still have the French Quarters down there. That's kinda
almost but not even close to right isn't it?
The 6 foot Shawn Bradley of the NBA. Yes he will make a cool million sitting on
the bench but what a bust. # 1 draft pick and he will be Dave Rose's
assistant in another year. Good for you Jimmer, save your money.
Monty Williams is a good head coach. I'm sure he'll give Jimmer a
chance to prove himself. This could prove to be one of the great comebacks in
NBA history. Best of luck.
Big Ute fan rooting for Jimmer but the end is near. Similar stories of an NBA
career have played out hundreds of times. His NBA career is on life support.
@Tom in CAActually I quite like Jimmer...classy guy, great person on
and off the court, dead-eye shooter. It's his delusional fan club - you
know, the one that thinks he's a future NBA all star - that I can't
stand.Soon you guys will have to pick up a Turkish cable
subscription in order to continue your Jimmer worship.
I'm a little surprised and although his career in the NBA has lasted
slightly longer than I thought, when you compare what byu fans said his career
in the NBA would be like and what I said it would be like, I'm looking
pretty accurate!Riding the bench wherever he goes!Enjoy
your last season in the NBA James
I always wish Jimmer well, but there's a lot more than a million to be made
in Europe. Go make bank where shooters are paid a premium Jimmer. You're a
stud and great example of class! Wish you and your wife much happiness and
success, you certainly deserve it.
Congrats to Jimmer getting another shot in the NBA. Some said he was headed to
Europe, but I think he could have helped the Washington Generals vanquish their
He will be warming a bench in the East now.
@Brave SirPractice fodder? You do realize they don't really
practice in the NBA right?
Cougsndawgs,I like your perspective. I think he would be a star player in
Europe, make much more money and he's a great representative for the
church. Possibly he just doesn't want to be so far from home.Chris B,Funny how they whine when you post and call you when you
Never Break .500:Let us ask Van Noy about being dominated for four years.
The Brigham Young Theological Institute football fans surely can't relate
to a four year stretch of domination, no? Look, I like Jimmer. You would be hard
pressed to find a better human being in the NBA and I think he will make a good
deal of money playing basketball...it just won't be in the world's top
Win, lose or draw, I would be ecastatic to see Jimmer exceed all expectations
and become a fixture in the NBA. He already is a fixture in the minds of those
of us who are his fans. He gets a lot of press while so many others simply wilt
and die on the vine without anyone seeming to care. Hats off to you. You are a
class act my friend.
Jimmer is the new Maravich
Jimmer's future lies in Europe where a good shooter can make a lot of money
without having to play too much defense. The NBA wants defense out of it's
guards and Jimmer never developed that skill.
I am not sure that this comment about his fan club is even close. "It's
his delusional fan club". Most of us if not all, just want him to have a
chance to play and be the real influence he can be in the NBA. He has NBA
talent offense and defense, he likely will not be a star, but he can be the
difference between winning a game or losing one esp key games down the stretch
type key games. Just ask Chicago esp the press there. They kept asking why and
were never told. A little surprised. A lot of nice comment posted
today. Wish the best for all Utah College Basketball teams this
year. It actually might be very fun.Mark
Love the comments. Jimmer is a great shooter. One of the best to ever play at
the college level. His % in the NBA is good too. But Jimmer lacks a knowledge
of the entire game. He doesn't understand the value of defense, teamwork
and passing. If he were to improve in the other areas, he could have a long
career in the NBA. For Jimmer's sake, I hope he grows up as a player and
makes a career out of playing basketball at the highest level. Seems like such
a waste of talent to not see him on the court entertaining the crowds with his
Re: Never Break "this is what happens when Ute fans can't get over
being dominated like a high school team for 4 years…Jimmer took you guys
to the woodshed every game and you just had to accept it. "True,
except for the "getting over being dominating part". He was an
outstanding offensive college player who was not required to play any defense.
The "domination" part, as anyone who understands basketball knows, was
at possibly the lowest point in Utah basketball history. Fortunately, those
days are over. The win last year was not an aberration. Buckle up.
re:markmanYou're right. There is a vast difference between the
'delusional fan club' and those who are fans because he entertained us
and we hope he can continue to do so...here, not in Europe because we don't
get many opportunities to watch European ball.
So happy to see Jimmer getting another opportunity to prove himself.Good luck Jimmer!---------------------Y Ask Y"Pelicans?Is that D-league?"More proof that
you've always been a BYU hater, despite your claims to the contrary.
Chris BLOL at your spin.You claimed that Jimmer would
never even be drafted.It's funny how you're constantly
having to re-adjust the bar.
Just hope the coach will work with Jimmer and whoever said about Evans
doesn't pass the ball to him will either be bench or cut. Good luck Jimmer.
@ GSnow20That is why he gets booed when Jimmer plays in ESA. Ute
fans don't start cheering against the Jazz whenever Andre Miller or Bogut
come to town.
Another Chris B projection gone bad. He all but guaranteed us Jimmer would be
consigned to Europe by now, and even said to mark it down. I did, but am now
erasing it... like I've done with most of his other predictions. Everyone
is entitled to their opinion, no matter how erroneous.@ rvalens2...
classy comment. Well done.@ Brave Sir Robin and a few other like
mined Ute fans...As someone else noted, your ilk have now shifted emphasis
from Jimmer being in Europe by now to multiple mentions of his "minimum NBA
contract". Please keep in mind he'll be earning more this
next season alone than most of us will be making the remainder of our careers. A
sobering thought to keep things in context. It's very doubtful there
isn't an honest person commenting on this article who wouldn't change
careers with Jimmer right now... in a heartbeat. I certainly would if given the
chance.Jimmer will most likely continue playing a few more seasons
after this coming one, then will have multiple fairly lucrative options
afterward. Any further criticisms of him are most likely born of jealousy. Congratulations, Jimmer!
Good for Jimmer. Hopefully he gets more playing time and plays well. This
could be the end or the start of something new. Only time will tell. I for one
will now be following the Pelicans.(along with the Jazz) Go Jimmer.
Good luck ridding the bench in New Orleans. Probably could've got 6 million
to play in Europe.
"Please keep in mind he'll be earning more this next season alone than
most of us will be making the remainder of our careers"Is making
money the only thing that defines our lives? It's nice but a non factor
@ U-tah:"A bust"?Hardly. Do a bit research and find
out for yourself just how many first round picks from 4 years ago are still
playing in the NBA. Not a hight percentage. Those already gone are the actual
busts. Jimmer doesn't fit into that category. You have
absolutely no way of knowing what Jimmer will be doing a year from now. None
whatsoever. But your negative assumption says volumes about your bias. Even if Jimmer's NBA does end after this coming season, his time playing
in the NBA will be very close to the overall average NBA career of 4.8 years.
Again, that's hardly a bust. Players who average less than 12 minutes
per game average only 2.1 years. Jimmer has already doubled that and is still
going. So once again... not a bust whatsoever.Try assessing players
more objectively using actual facts. You'll achieve much more reader
Two for flinching,Jimmer gets booed because he lit your team up year
after year. Nothing more. BYU fans don't boo Andre Miller or Bogut
because we can grow up and act like adults and not make everything about the
rivalry. Utah "fans" have a harder time with that.
Go Figure. Remember the comparisons between Jimmer and Kemba Walker from UConn?
Who was the better PG? Kemba's career point average is 16 points per game,
5.5 assists, and is in a starting role. End of discussion.
I just hope the Nba finally gives him a chance. They just haven't given him
a chance yet.
U-tah : Your comments show your hate for Jimmer, what did he ever do to you for
you to hate on him like that?? Shawn Bradley had a very good career, he
wasn't a star like you'd hope a #2 pick could be but he led the league
in blocked shots a few years and was a starter much of his career. In the right
situation Jimmer could have a long and productive career, shooters are a wanted
commodity and Jimmer can shoot, New Orleans isn't that bad of a team, they
had a ton of injuries last year and have made some nice improvements so far this
off season, they should be tough next year.
Some people keep saying this is Jimmer's last chance. No way. Jimmer gets
as many chances as he wants. Plenty of dudes haven't found their way until
maybe a little later in their careers because of where they landed. Jimmer is a
stable minded dude with accompanying skills so he'll be just fine. When
you consider some of the malarkey that people spout on and on about Jimmer,
Jimmer is every bit as good as Kemba Walker and that dude is averaging 35
minutes/game and 19 points/game for Charlotte. Give Jimmer 35 minutes per game
and I guarantee you he'll hit just as many.
ESPN Dave...Jimmer had five coaches in 4 years at Sactown.. with all
the internal strife there, he really did not get a chance to play "his"
game.As for Evans, Coach Williams is a former guard, who knows how
to play and above all learned how to coach "Team" ball from Pop of San
Antonio.If Evan does not pass the ball, it may be Evans sitting on
the wood.... Not JimmerHaving said all that, I am a Jimmer fan, but
I think he needs to elevate his game a bit, work harder than anyone else, learn
to play "better" defense and then with Coach Williams tutelage, maybe
then he would show the NBA that he is indeed a good player.
Elementary, man, as to whether he does well or doesn't in the NBA. His salary this year will be at least $980,000. More than many of the
Trib and DNews commenters will make in their lifetimes. How ARE
your career plans going? Jimmer gets to make a career out of
basketball. Playing and coaching. And gets paid for it.
All the coaches and all the teams he plays for don't give him a chance. If
everyone would pass to him and let him shoot it 40 times a night he'd
average 20 points a game.Give him a chance.
Congratulations to Jimmer on staying in the league. I have a little bit of a
different take on this whole thing. I personally think he has overachieved in
his career. He's 25 years old. When he came out of high school 7 years ago,
he had 2 scholarship offers, Marist and BYU. Even BYU didn't know how good
he would be. 7 years later, he's made a few million dollars, and of course
had a brilliant college career. His lack of ability to defend is due to his
physical limitations at the NBA level, not a lack of effort. He's stuck
around because he can shoot, and he is a high character guy. His career reminds
me a little bit of Jeff Judkins- great shooter, great person, lacking
athleticism, bounced around to different teams. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
I like the kid and wish well.
Somebody please explain to me why some coaches would rather have a defender who
can't score than a shooter whose weakness is defense. Balance is the key.
I remember another point guard that got a new lease on life in New Orleans
though fairly short but hopefully Jimmer will get some floor time. New Orleans
is quietly putting together a pretty good team.
I don't know what people are saying, the shelf life of an NBA player is
about 5 years, and then they are done. The kid, if he is done in the NBA after
this year, fulfilled his dream of playing in the NBA, he made a few million
dollars, and he is still a good person.
I just became a Pelican fan. Sign me up for Jimmer time!
@ Sports Are GreatYou are flat out wrong. If it weren't for
the cheers and over the top hype he gets every time he comes back into Utah
nobody would "boo" him. People go there to cheer for the Jazz, and
opposing fans typically have a hard time. Ever been to a playoff game in ESA
when an opposing fan walks up the stairs? It's the same thing because so
many people suddenly start cheering against our team as soon as Jimmer walks in
the building.@ BrioJimmer came in the league as a top 10
pick with huge expectations. To this point, he has undelivered, and is
therefore a bust until proven otherwise.
Crow is now served for all Jimmer haters. LOLAt $980k for one year I
can only guess that Jimmer is laughing at his naysayers and will work twice as
hard to make a difference in New Orleans.Good luck Jimmer!Time to go watch a Jimmer half-time shot in the HC and other highlites on
I think if we could go back to the time Jimmer was waiting to know which team
was going to draft him, we'd see countless posts from big Jimmer fans about
how this guy was going to light it up in the NBA. A lot of bitter Ute fans, on
the other hand, predicted a mediocre pro career at best. I personally thought
Jimmer would do okay in the pros, but never attain star status. It
appears now that those who predicted mediocrity were much closer to being on
target.But hey, Danny Ainge was never an NBA legend. Now look where
twoferNope, you are dead wrong!I've seen the
BYU-hating Jazz fans boo the Cougarettes, for Heaven's sake, as well as
every opposing player who played for BYU.
@sammygTime to go watch a Jimmer half-time shot in the HC and other
highlites on YouTube. LOL------------Where can I find
these NBA Jimmer highlights on YouTube? Please advise!
So sir, how many utes have hit the NBA in the last 10 years? And how many of
them have stuck in the league for 4 years at better than $1M a year?BTW, has Bogut ever played a complete season before going fishing with some
form of minor injury? Don't think so.
@ BJMooseFunny, I don't see your name on the Pelicans roster,
making a million bucks.
@u-tah...I think you had Jimmer in Europe 2 years ago didn't
you? The color of envy does not go well with red.
@Two For FlinchingI thought the Jazz should have signed Jimmer as a
situational player, that is why I think it would be funny if he scored 30 plus
when they play. Perhaps get them thinking about what if he were on our team ?
@Two for Flinching "It's the same thing because so many
people suddenly start cheering against our team as soon as Jimmer walks in the
building."I don't believe fans are cheering against the
Jazz, they are cheering for Jimmer. Myself included.
@ GSnow20So you cheer for both teams? Reminds of Marge Simpson who
went to the horse races and tried to place a bet that "all horses will have
fun." Fans don't do that.
The long-awaited offseason free agency move that kept the nation captivated. Now
that it's over, the other stars will begin aligning themselves to take a
shot at this juggernaut.
That Jimmer>Kemba one has me in stitches!
@Two For Flinching I wouldn't consider cheering for Jimmer,
the same as cheering for the entire opposing team. I am however, a Jimmer fan,
and would like to see him succeed. I will always root for the Jazz to win, no
matter who they play. However, I don't think I am the only one who would
get just a little chuckle if a game came down to the wire, and Jimmer hit a
three, or a couple of clutch free throws to win the game.
Anyone remember Rickey Green? He didn't really play much until he was 27.
Finally got an opportunity with the Jazz.