Kings visit ‘state of Jimmer’ as Fredette returns to Utah to play Jazz

“Two of Jimmer Fredette’s teammates have witnessed how revered he is in Utah. In September, during the NBA lockout, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas played in a charity exhibition game hosted by Fredette at BYU. Thomas recalled the experience in Utah, or as he called it, “the state of Jimmer,” where Fredette’s fans flock to him. “It’s unreal,” Thomas said. “He’s like a god out there, he really is. I’ve seen people cry over him, being right next to him. That’s like some Michael Jackson stuff.” Fredette will play in Utah tonight for the first time as a professional when the Kings visit the Jazz. Fredette has had sections of fans at every arena the Kings have visited this season, but”


Hornets center-forward Chris Kaman not with team, expected to be traded

“New Orleans Hornets backup center-forward Chris Kaman is not with the team right now because of an organizational decision, team officials said Friday night. The Hornets are expected to pursue trade offers for Kaman, who has an expiring contract that pays him about $14 million this season. Although he is not injured, Kaman was put on the inactive list for Wednesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time this season. In place of Kaman, Gustavo Ayon played 17 minutes and scored 16 points on eight-of-10 shooting against the Thunder. “It’s just something that we want to play our young guys and we certainly don’t want to disrespect Chris at all,” Hornets Coach”

Andrew Bogut out two to three months

“The official report on Andrew Bogut’s fractured ankle is out and well, it’s not good if you had visions of the Bucks in the playoffs. Andrew Bogut will be out 8 to 12 weeks with his fractured ankle, the team announced on Friday. Bad news. That is essentially the rest of the season. Bad news. Why bad? That means more Larry Sanders, more Jon Brockman, more Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer and Drew Gooden and Mike Dunleavy. Argue all you want that Andrew Bogut is overrated, he scores 11.3 points and grabs 8.3 rebounds’s per game — Bobut is not underrated compared to the guys who take his minutes.”

Wade scores 28 in return as Heat hold off 3s-wild Knicks

“The Miami Heat finally are whole. And for a while there Friday night, they were in a whole lot of trouble against an opponent that was living by the 3-pointer to an absurd degree. But with Dwyane Wade back, and a semblance of reality eventually returning to a New York Knicks offense that somehow was over-the-top thriving in the injury absence of Carmelo Anthony, the Heat held on for a 99-89 victory Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. For Wade, this was no subtle return, with 18 of his 28 points coming in the first half, a start that included a Euro-step layup, a dunk and a nifty reverse layup off a feed from LeBron James. “It’s a nice welcome back for that young kid, number three,””

Derrick Rose vows revenge after Pacers’ victory celebration

“Defeating inferior teams despite a rash of injuries is something the Bulls have proved they can do while racking up the league’s best record. Beating one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference without two of their best players is a different matter, and the Indiana Pacers snapped the Bulls’ eight-game home winning streak with a 95-90 victory Wednesday night. The Bulls were without Luol Deng and Taj Gibson but still had a chance against the Pacers, who pushed the Bulls during their first-round playoff series last season and rank among the league leaders in rebounding and opponents’ field-goal percentage. And it was the Pacers who made the plays down the stretch to hold off the Bulls.”

Luol Deng will take pains to stay in lineup

“With Luol Deng aiming to return Sunday in Miami with a torn ligament in his left wrist, the question moves to whether the organization will let him. Such decisions are collaborative. The organization supported Deng when he made the decision to try to play through the injury rather than opt for surgery now. Thus, it stands to reason when Deng says he can tolerate the pain, he will play. “Basically, it’s week to week,” coach Tom Thibodeau said this week. “It’s going to be more of a pain tolerance issue. Obviously, we’re pleased he isn’t having surgery now. Hopefully, he can get back as quick as he can.””

Jefferson to have MRI exam on his sore ankle, leg

“Jazz center Al Jefferson will have an MRI on his sore ankle and leg Thursday, coach Tyrone Corbin said before practice. Jefferson, Utah’s top scorer and rebounder, did not play in Wednesday night’s 111-106 double overtime loss to Toronto. Jefferson started to participate in the Jazz’s morning shootaround when he began to experience pain in his ankle and up into his leg. He left the shootaround about 10 minutes early, in the company of trainer Gary Briggs, and was declared out of the Toronto game about 90 minutes before tip-off.”