As he usually does, Jimmer Fredette got quite a bit of publicity out of winning the D-League All-Star MVP award. He was on the Dan Patrick Show and was interviewed for a feature in The Post, with the unfortunately Berman-esque headline "Jimmer Fredette to Knicks, rest of NBA: I've passed my audition." He didn't actually say those words, or anything more incendiary than "I feel I've definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there," so it wasn't the greatest publicity for a kid trying to shake a reputation for arrogance.
Now that the Westchester Knicks have returned to action, he pressure is on Jimmer to justify the media hype, and to back up those words he didn't say. He failed spectacularly in his first attempt, shooting 4-21 for 13 points in a 98-89 loss to Raptors 905.
The W-Knicks fell behind by 18 at the half, stormed back in the third quarter, only to collapse at the end ... sound familiar? So nice of them to slowly reintroduce us to the poison that is Knicks basketball, to build up our tolerance before watching the big club pull the exact same crap.
Thanasis had himself what I call the "Derrick Williams Special": 15 points on 4-8 shooting, 7-10 from the free-throw line. He also made a spectacular chase-down block, which is very much not Derrick Williams.
The W-Knicks next take the court on Friday. Methinks P&T will be preoccupied by another basketball game by then.