Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette isn’t your average NBA player, even though his rookie stats might indicate that. With a larger than life persona (not his own doing), fully fledged with his own nickname, The Jimmer is a rare breed. With a name as recognizable as most NBA superstars, despite a game that lacks far behind, the Kings sophomore is ready to shake the pre-mature “bust” label and show NBA fans what made him so successful during his time at BYU.
The former Cougar is the subject of a new book, “The Contract: The Journey of Jimmer Fredette from the Playground to the Pros” – penned by former ESPN and current Yahoo Sports columnist, Pat Forde. Forde starts early in Fredette’s life – dating back to Glen Falls, New York, where the National College Player of the Year honed his skills as a youth. The book also goes in depth to cover the tight relationship between Jimmer and his brother T.J., which became even closer when a routine brain operation for Jimmer’s brother went wrong – as well as the infamous contract T.J. made Jimmer sign.
It’s been a roller coaster of a ride the last few years for the 2011 NBA Draft pick. From the highest of high’s at BYU, to being regulated as a bench player in the NBA in less than a year, Jimmer is ready to start this story over, staring with an improved relationship with Kings head coach Keith Smart:
“Our relationship has definitely evolved,” Fredette said to the Salt Lake Tribune. “He came in a tough situation and just had to feel it out. He didn’t know what rotation he should play, so sometimes you played a lot, sometimes you didn’t play at all. … We’ve been growing our relationship this whole summer.”
The two spent time this off-season working together in Utah and it seems both parties came out of it for the better. Hopefully, the renewed sense of vigor and dedication to grow as a player will reconnect us with the Jimmer that we all grew to love at BYU.
You can pick up the book on September 17th, if interested.