PHOTO CREDIT: Kings draft pick Jimmer Fredette answers questions at the news conference at Power Balance Pavilion on June 25, 2011. José Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee.
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It took only two exhibition games for Kings coach Paul Westphal to see the effect Jimmer Fredette could have on the team's offense.
Though Fredette can have an impact without the ball, Westphal said, the Kings need to get the ball to the rookie more often.
With Fredette's shooting and playmaking ability, teams will have to monitor him at all times, which should open the floor for his teammates.
More recent links on Fredette:
- "The widespread early impression is that Fredette is quiet and borderline shy, eager to fit in and as focused as they come when it comes to the work," writes Sam Amick (@sam_amick) in a feature for Sports Illustrated.
- "Never the fastest, tallest, strongest or most athletic player on the floor, the average-sized Fredette captured America's imagination with his otherworldly range and electrifying scoring ability, writes David Cassilo (@dcassilo) in a feature for SLAM magazine.
More Bee coverage:
- "The company buying bankrupt Power Balance LLC is talking with the Sacramento Kings about keeping the sports wristband marketer's name on the Kings' arena," reports Dale Kasler (@dakasler) in today's newspaper.
- Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) writes in today's newspaper that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's strong mayor and new arena initiatives could cause additional friction among city council members.
- Jones reports in today's newspaper that basketball president Geoff Petrie "would like to add a player who would make the team significantly better" possibly via trade now that Samuel Dalembert signed with the Houston Rockets.
- Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) reported in a blog post yesterday that Chuck Hayes "failed his physical exam because he was diagnosed with Pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart," according to two sources close to the situation.
- Tom Couzens (@tomcouzens) asks whether Kings fans would prefer Stephen Curry or Tyreke Evans in today's Leading Off column.
Coach Paul Westphal discusses Wednesday's practice and injury updates.
- Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) appeared on "Insight" to talk about the upcoming season.
- "(The Sacramento Kings) may well have another year of 'train wreck' status before it finds itself, but the wreck will be entertaining," writes Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI) in his break down of the 2011-12 contenders for Sports Illustrated.
- "A number of factors point to the Kings being quasi-respectable this season, the most important of which is that Tyreke Evans should have recovered from his foot problems and resume attacking the basket at will," writes John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) in his Western Conference projected standings for ESPN.
- Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) previews this season's new jerseys for ESPN and he "doesn't much care for the old-school chest script being paired with the new-school number font" on the Kings new black alternate uniform.
- Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) writes that the Kings "form a team that has absolutely no cohesion and is led by a coach who can't get them to play together" in his NBA Watchability Scale for SB Nation.
- Tyler Honeycutt signed with Rival Sports Group LLC, writes Kelly Johnson (@KJohnsonsacbiz) in a story for the Sacramento Business Journal.
- Guards Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee tell Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) in a story in the Houston Chronicle that they're looking forward to what Dalembert can bring defensively.
- "(Marcus) Thornton's desire to be playing ball has been written all over his face and in his game," writes Blake Ellington (@blakeellington) in a blog post on Sacramento Connect partner Bleed Black And Purple.
Tweets of the day:
Feeling a thousand times better thanking GOD for that— Marcus Thornton (@OfficialMT23) December 22, 2011
I'm so blessed for the people god has put in my life, I LOVE MY TEAM— chuck hayes (@c_hayes44) December 21, 2011