BYU Star And NBA Burnout, Jimmer Fredette, Thinking All Of His Coaches Are Stupid Isn't All That Surprising
Yahoo- "Jimmer thinks everybody is stupid," said an NBA assistant who worked with Fredette. "He thinks everybody needs to come and just turn over their offense and let him shoot it anytime he wants. That's not how the league works."
Growing up I was an upper middle class, entitled little brat. Growing up I was also pretty good at hockey. Let's just say I was good enough to dominate all the rec leagues I played in. For that reason, I thought all my coaches were stupid. I thought all the people I played with were stupid. I was the best and you couldn't tell me any differently. Pass? Why pass? The kids I was playing with weren't worth a damn and I was better off doing it all myself. Then a funny thing happened. I started to grow up. I started to play in more competitive leagues. The people around me became comparable in skill level. I didn't know everything. I needed my teammates. I started to respect the game more.
I say all this because Jimmer Fredette never had to do that. That's probably because he choose not to do that, but he never had to do it regardless. He grew up in upstate New York. Probably dominated the most predominantly white basketball league in the United States. Most likely played in some half assed high school league where he was the best player. Then he decided to go to college where he would continue to be the most self righteous, entitled white kid amongst a University full of them. Up until the NBA, Jimmer Fredette never had to worry about his teammates. He's still that 10 year old that thinks he's better than everybody because he never had that humbling experience of playing with people that showed him otherwise. Of course he thinks his coaches now are stupid. That's because he thinks all his old coaches, that had no choice but to give him the ball every possession, are smart. I'm not giving him a free pass. I think he would be wise to adjust his game to fit in at the NBA level too, but the fact that he thinks he's untouchable is a learned characteristic. He's had people telling him how good he is his whole life. He's had coaches and teammates catering an entire offense to him his whole life. He's like a house cat that's gotten tossed directly into the middle of the forest. Of course he's confused and frustrated. He's been sheltered and he's finally seeing what exists outside of his bubble. It shouldn't be shocking that team basketball, on the highest level, isn't dependent on one athletically deficient white dude that likes to shoot a lot, but for someone that has played the game that way since he was 8 years old, it absolutely is.