Great news, everyone! We've acquired Aaron Brooks! He's a legit NBA point guard with solid shooting skills, and will be great off the bench or starting! Yay!
You, as a Kings fan, and probably an American, must now decide how you feel:
A) "Oh, no! What if this cuts into Fredette's minutes, because of, you know, politics?"
B) "What a relief, we can waive Fredette and sign, oh let's say, Blake Griffin."
Let me respond to these individually.
A) You're an
idiot informed citizen. Except where basketball is concerned. Brooks is going to play because he's better than Fredette. It's that simple.
B) You're an
idiot informed citizen. Except where basketball is concerned. Dumping a young guy with shooting ability and getting nothing in return is how franchises suck forever.
If I may respond to both camps with one blanket statement, it would be to say, you know basketball to about the same degree as the Maloofs know public relations and business development.
Seriously, just stop being
stupid very special from your parents' perspective for a minute. I get flak from certain quarters for not thinking Fredette is the new Larry Bird. He isn't. I don't know if he's even going to be the next JJ Redick or Kyle Korver. I don't think he's got the speed to deal with NBA defenses, and I doubt he'll ever be better than a C- defender. If he can't figure out how to use screens to get an open shot, he's going to languish on an NBA bench, and be out of the league in five years.
Conversely, the notion of waiving him after one season is an overreaction, and doesn't help the team in any appreciable way. I suspect there are certain GM offices where Fredette's name still carries value, and there isn't a whole lot I'd decline in trade for him. That being said, and assuming no offers are forthcoming (and they aren't), giving him a decent training camp, and opportunities (albeit limited ones, most likely) this season is an easy call. The writing on the wall tells me that, barring injuries, he's not going to see more than ten minutes a night, and will likely rack up more than a few DNP-CDs.
If the kid shows something in camp, in practices, and his minutes on the floor, he'll play. If he still looks timid and keeps backing up every time he's pressured, he's going to get splinters. In either case, that's exactly as it should be.
I hope he gets it together, I would certainly love to be wrong in my estimate of what he'll be when he's 27. In the meantime, stop making excuses for him, and the rest of you should stop being so ignorant in your take on what should be done with Fredette as of July 2012.
I am a member of no party. I am a free thinker. I will look at the evidence and not let emotion get in the way.
I am what's right with America and sports fandom. Won't you please join me? I'd enjoy some company.