Jimmer Fredette Lost in His Charity Exhibition Game

by September 23, 2011

Though The Jimmer dropped 27 points, his team lost in the exhibition game. The Sac Bee reports: “With NBA players locked out during the labor dispute, Fredette, the the first-round pick acquired by the Kings on draft day hosted Jimmer’s All-Stars, an exhibition game featuring rookies at BYU’s Marriott Center, where Fredette starred. The game included eight first-round picks from June’s NBA draft. Fredette was happy about how things turned out even though he did something that he didn’t do much of in recent seasons here – he lost. Team Leonard, led by former San Diego State star and San Antonio Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard, defeated Team Fredette 140-126. When asked if the loss hurt, Fredette said: ‘A little bit. It’s a lot less than in the season. It’s just a fun event to kind of measure ourselves against great competition.’ An announced crowd 11,124 attended the event. Fredette had hoped the game would draw around 10,000 fans. The game was a final goodbye for Fredette’s fans at BYU. There were several replicas of his No. 32 jersey throughout the arena. When Fredette checked out of the game with 52.7 seconds to play, he received a standing ovation as he acknowledged the crowd. Fredette finished with 27 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. ‘To come in here and have that many people here on a Thursday night to watch this event doesn’t happen,’ said San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, who coached Team Leonard. ‘It happened in Provo because of that guy (Fredette). It happened in Provo because of (BYU coach) Dave (Rose) and what they’ve done with this program.’ Fredette said he hadn’t discussed the idea of making the game an annual event. For now, the event was a pleasure, considering no one knows when NBA activity will begin because of the lockout.”