Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette signed a 10-day contract with New York Knicks, enabling BYU fans one more brief chance for dashed hopes.
“I still have a Randy Reid sweat band framed,” said Chandler Fielding, an importing specialist and longtime BYU fan, “and if Brandon Davies hadn’t succumbed to Jesus’ brother a few years ago, we totally would have gone to at least the Final Four. Now that Jimmer’s back in the NBA, BYU will be back in the national conversation where It belongs.”
Jimmer played just under two minutes and made the only shot he took—obviously a 3-pointer— in the Knicks’ decisive 122-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The blowout allowed the crowd to chant “We want Jimmer!” loudly at the Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are the fifth NBA team of his five-year career.
Jimmer played in 30 games for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA’s Developmental League, averaging 21.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in front of high-school-sized crowds. Whisperings of a return to the NBA happened after a 35-point MVP-award-winning performance in the D-League’s All-Star Game in Toronto.
Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis offered a few crumbs to BYU faithful, “We’ll put him in for a few minutes during garbage time in blowouts—we’re consistently getting trounced this year. So Cougar fans can rest assured that they’ll get to see Vines of 3-pointers two or three times before we send him back down to the D-League.”
“All I want,” Jimmer said—echoing the thoughts of Word of Wisdom-lenient BYU fans—”is a shot.”