Many athletes get their inspiration from some source. Some have a chip on their shoulder from a draft snub, others do it because they learned a dogged work ethic from a parent, and some just want to go down as the greatest of all time. For new Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, it was his older brother who truly pushed him while growing up.
T.J. Fredette is an aspiring rapper who was never as good as his little brother at basketball. But T.J. recognized that Jimmer had tremendous talent and made him sign a contract in high school to ensure he would dedicate himself towards becoming an NBA player. Check out the contract he signed in 2007:
ESPN referenced the contract during their draft coverage Thursday night. They also ran a feature during the college season on the relationship between the brothers. Check out that video via Sports Geekery:
It’s pretty awesome that four years later Jimmer is now in the NBA having realized his dream. He has work to do and he’s on a weak team, but I believe he has the skills to be an effective offensive player.Google+