Yesterday, we met perhaps the most popular prospect in this year's NBA Draft when Jimmer Fredette worked out for the Sacramento Kings. Today, we had the pleasure of talking with someone who knows Jimmer on and off the court best. BYU Cougars Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose joins us today on the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast. Highlights
- On the challenges of coaching BYU considering the religious dynamic: "The other teams, they lose players after their freshmen year and they go onto the NBA and they never get them back. So I just kind of look at it in a positive light that they're coming home in a year or two and we'll get them back in the program."
- Regarding Jimmer's coachability, Coach Rose pointed out Fredette's experience playing in Las Vegas with Team USA last summer. Rose says that Team USA coaches in the college ranks were impressed with Fredette's ability to pick up concepts quickly.
- On Jimmer's defensive prospects: "I think that he'll be fine. He's extremely athletic, a lot more than people think. And then he has great upper body strength. I think if he gets in the right system, with the right coaches, guys spending time with him - he'll find a way to be able to defend so that he can really help his team offensively."
- Where Jimmer ranks among the players he's played with and coached: "Well, I think he's the best offensive player that has ever been on my team, either as a player or a coach, as far as his ability to just make big shots and kind of will your team out of spots during the game." (Note: Coach Rose played with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as a member of the great Phi Slamma Jamma Houston Cougar teams of the early 1980s.)
Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller joins us to talk about those prospects and more on this week's CK Podcast. Listen after the jump. ... More
With the feasibility presentation in the books, the first step toward building a new arena is complete. Now comes the hard part: financing. Ryan Lillis of the Bee joins us to sort through that topic, as well as share his thoughts on the Taylor/ICON presentation from yesterday's city council meeting. Tune-in after the jump... ... More
Part two of our conversation with former King Doug Christie. Highlights
- On finding defensive role players: "You gotta look for somebody who's willing to be unselfish and at the same time someone who's competitive enough to take the challenge of going up against these guys (the league's best scorers)".
- On Rick Adelman as a candidate for the Lakers job: "I think it would be a great fit because of the fact that he runs what Phil (Jackson) considered the triangle offense. His, you really didn't give it a term, but it's the same offense."
- On coaching: "I never really knew if I would enjoy coaching. But since I got involved in it - in teaching, in training players - it's been something that I found that I truly, truly love. Hopefully, I can get involved definitely with the Kings."
This is the first of what we hope to be many podcasts here at Cowbell Kingdom. And we couldn't have had a better guest for our inaugural show than former Kings great Doug Christie. Highlights
- Christie was in town this past week for #HereWeRally. James Ham and I asked if Kings fans can expect to see more of him in Sacramento this upcoming year.
- Does a stable family-life make for a better team atmosphere? We get his thoughts.
- "Consistency of competing" - one of the aspects Christie says DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans need more of moving forward with their careers.