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Interview — Sacramento Kings' Jimmer Fredette on second #NBA year, Keith Smart, starting anew
Excerpts from an interview Wednesday with Sacramento/ex-BYU guard Jimmer Fredette at XSI Factory in Lehi.
Fredette on Summer League with the Kings: The first game was bad for all of us. It just wasn't a good game; throw that one out. I thought I played really, really well the rest of the time. Even if the shot wasn't going some of the time, it was more about being aggressive, just going out, being a leader, getting that mindset back. So I thought I did a great job of that. I was really excited about it, and I think it's going to help me out going into this next season to have that mindset back, just to be the player that I am.
Voluntary mini-camp with the Kings: We went out there last week and we were able to do that. There was 10 guys there, so we were able to work out together and kind of do some five-on-five things and stuff like that and lift together. It's good for us as a young team to really want to play for each other and have that type of chemistry on the floor and off the floor. So, it's important for us for sure. It was a great thing for us.
How he's viewing situation with Sacramento: I just worry about the things that I can control. And that's right now just working on my game and becoming the best player I can be. When it comes to the training camp, I know that I'll be ready to go. I'll show them that I can be a very good player in this league and a guy that can help their team. That's what my focus is right now. Whatever happens in the future, I can't really predict that. But I'm working on becoming the best player that I can be. If I control that and be the best player that I can be, I'm going to find a spot and be in the right place.
Has he been told whether he'll be able to compete for a starting spot: They haven't said anything about that, specifically. Just haven't communicated with them — I'm sure that they're thinking about different things and different scenarios and all that. I know that I'll be competing for a spot, regardless. You're going into training camp, you're a professional ...