Jimmer not only a pro, he's a fan

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, right, and Golden Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, right, and Golden State Warriors center David Lee talk at the free throw line during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game. (Dec. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jimmer Fredette is such a fan favorite that the Kings had to assign two employees full-time just to handle the demands for jerseys bearing his name. What all those followers might not know, though, is that Fredette himself is a huge fan.

When he was growing up in Glens Falls, he idolized the players in the state high school championships every year. "I lived five blocks away," he said. "My parents would drop me off and I'd stay there by myself all day." He still remembers how Sebastian Telfair was so quick, "he would make guys fall on a regular basis."

To this day, he is a devoted follower of the Giants. "I'm an Eli [Manning] fan. I love Eli, he won us a championship. So I always really like him," he said. "I like [Osi] Umenyiora. Their whole defensive line is great. And I like how [Ahmad] Bradshaw runs, how tough he is."

And Fredette always was a fan of the Knicks, the team he faced for the first time as a pro Saturday night. They do get the MSG Network in the Albany region.

"It's exciting, being a New York boy, being able to watch the Knicks all the time," said Fredette, who averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 assists in his first three games and scored seven against the Knicks. "They used to have those great series against the Heat, and that could come back into play this year. It's great to be in this position. I'm very fortunate, and to play against the Knicks is a dream come true."

There was mutual interest between the New York team and the New York boy, who worked out for them two years in a row when he was a scoring sensation for Brigham Young University.

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"The coaching staff is great over there; it plays into my style of ball," Fredette said just before Kings coach Paul Westphal, walking by, shouted to reporters, "He's not going to New York!"

His heart will be at the Meadowlands Sunday night. "We have a game so I won't be able to watch it live," Fredette said. "I'll have to TiVo it, and hopefully I won't hear the score before I go home."

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