Just when you thought the honey badger was leaving, the little runt comes back. Left for dead in the NBA after two teams passed on his services, Jimmer has found a place in tiny Westchester, New York, playing for the Knicks D-League affiliate.
The former BYU megastar has had a hard time sticking in the NBA. But, if Jimmer keeps playing like he did Monday night, you would have to think some other NBA team–like maybe the Knicks, who still have a roster spot open–will snap him up and let him go to town.
All of the signs were there as none other than Floyd Mayweather himself watched Jimmer do his thing. Shooting from the parking lot, check. Throwing up ridiculous tear drops for layups, yep. Spinning like the Tasmanian devil around defenders, then chucking up and making insane off-balance J’s? Yep, yep and yep. All in front of the boxing champ.
Everything in the Jimmer repertoire was working this evening. He shot 12-for-17 from just about everywhere. In all, his display conjured up long forgotten memories of his BYU playing days, when he’d throw up anything from anywhere and it would usually go in.
But before you call Jimmer a ball hog, realize he also tossed out eight assists to go with his 37 point outing in a 102-90 win over Grand Rapids. “Mayweather kept telling me to shoot it, so I did,” explained Jimmer afterwards.
Who’s going to argue with the champ? Not some white kid who just got cut by New Orleans after not sticking with San Antonio in the preseason. And certainly not some guy who has been on more NBA teams than anyone ever thought the former No. 10 NBA Draft pick would ever see.
Nobody knows how long Jimmer will stay in the D-League, because it’s clear that if he can score this well in the minor leagues, he can probably at least contribute to some degree. And, even if the former BYU star hasn’t had the best of times in the pros, at the tender age of 26 there’s still time for this great white fighter to throw up more shots.