Jimmer in the Jungle: The Savior of Sacramento?

Apparently, Jimmer Fredette is not afraid to answer any question thrown at him.  The Kings’ new point guard went on the Jim Rome Show today, just six days after being drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.  I’m not so sure about the new moniker, “The Savior of Sacramento,” but Jimmer took it in stride and actually ran with it.  Remember this post about pressure?  Yikes, it just got a little bit hotter.

Jim Rome: You’ve already been glossed, “The Savior of Sacramento”… hey listen, there’s been a lot expected of you for a very long time, the crown is big, but you’ve worn this thing pretty comfortably, but still, that’s a big, big deal-  the Savior of Sacramento.  As you’ve mentioned, you’ve got some good young players on that team.  When you hear that, is that something you’re comfortable with?

Jimmer Fredette: You know, I guess so, a little bit.  I feel like, hopefully, I can help this team, you know, win more games.  I think that if we are successful on the floor, and continue to progress as a team, the fans and everybody will be excited about us.  Everybody’s real excited just because I was a big name in the college game and one of the more highly touted people going into this draft.  So they (Sacramento fans) are really excited and I think I can bring a good game to their table and hopefully, like I said, win more ball games.  And if we do that, I think the city will get behind us and we can get it back to the Kings of the old days.

Jim Rome: Jimmer, you were a big name in the college game, as you pointed out.  Do you expect to be a big name, a huge name in the NBA?

Jimmer Fredette: You know, I hope so.  I hope I can be.  I really believe that I have the skill set to be a great player in this league and I think I can be a starting point guard and go out and play well and have a great career.  So, I’m looking forward to being able to do that.  I’ll work as hard as I can and ease my way into it and continue to get experience and continue to grow as a player in this league.  But I believe I can be.

I’m not questioning Jimmer or his motivation, I’m just not so sure I want him turning up the heat before he’s played in his first game.  I can’t wait to see how this new nickname looks on a t-shirt.

Listen to the clip after the jump.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".