Wow, 2 sports posts in a row! Â I don’t think that’s ever happened on my blog before. Â First of all, I have a disclosure to make. Â I’m a big Utah fan. Â I’m excited we’re going to the Pac-12. Â However, since Rick Majerus left, it has been tough to watch the Utes play basketball. Â When they fired Jim Boylen last month, I really hoped they would hire BYU coach Dave Rose. Â Instead we get Larry Krystowiac (pronounced Chris-tow-vee-ack). Â There have already been references to calling him Coach K–let’s hope that he does half as good as Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski–the real Coach K.
After that disclosure, let me just say that while I’m not a fan of BYU, I would have loved to have Jimmer Fredette on my team. I like Jimmer. Â He’s fun to watch. Â He’s the leading scorer in the NCAA this year, and I do believe he is the best player in the nation. Â He’ll probably get drafted in the NBA, but I think he will be a role player. Â In the interest of full disclosure, I have generally been pessimistic of most players out of the state of Utah. Â I didn’t think Utah’s Keith Van Horn or BYU’s Shawn Bradley would do very wellÂ (especially considering they were both the #2 pick). Â Yet even though both players were considered a bust, I think both had better NBA careers than Jimmer will have. Â I thought Utah’s Andre Miller would do well–a consistent NBA starter. Â I expected Utah’s Michael Doleac to be a good role player–and he has been. Â His career lasted longer than I thought. Â I predicted BYU’s Michael Smith would be a bust, and he was. Â Despite being a 1st round pick, he was out of the league in 3 years.
The best players out of Utah were Danny Vranes and Tom Chambers (of Seattle Supersonics). Â BYU’s best player is by far Danny Ainge. Â Many people have compared Jimmer to Danny. Â To me there is no comparison–Danny was way better. Â Rick Reilly of ESPN created a firestorm at BYU for his article Jimmer Grows Dimmer. Â Perhaps Reilly was a little harsh about Jimmer’s bad game against Florida, but I have to agree with Reilly on almost all counts. Â Jimmer doesn’t play defense. Â While he has NBA range, he is a ball hog.
I was at my in-laws house on Sunday, and they were complaining that Reilly was ripping the LDS church. Â WHAT???? Â I pulled up the article, and said, “where is Reilly ripping the church?” Â My brother-in-law didn’t know exactly–he had heard it from others. Â While I was reading Reilly’s first article to them, I discovered Reilly wrote a 2nd article based on all the hate mail he had received from BYU fans. Â See Rick Reilly’s mailbag: Â Jimmer fans react. Â The funniest thing Reilly said was
The best hate mail in America comes from BYU fans. Even when they’re spitting 20-penny nails, they’re still incurably nice. Alabama fans will write hoping you die a slow, painful death, staked to an anthill while your mom watches, but the worst a BYU fan will say to you is that you’re not going to heaven.
Truly great article! Â I thought Reilly was right on the money. Â Not everyone agrees with Reilly. Â Former ESPN talent Dan Patrick called out Reilly and ESPN’s Colin CowherdÂ for their remarks about Jimmer. Â Check out this video.