Hey don’t look at me, I’m just as swept up in Jimmermania as everyone else is, especially after I watched him hang 43 points on then-undefeated San Diego State. Young Jimmer hit an array of insane off-balance jumpers and improbable forays to the hoop, causing the two dozen or so NBA scouts on hand to froth at the mouth at the prospect of employing such a fresh-faced offensive assassin, capable of putting butts in seats and balls in hoops and whatnot. On this night, the kid was everything they hoped he was, and the foul.
Of course, he’s merely the newest installation of the great white Basketball hope, A list that includes names like Rick Mount, Pistol Pete Maravich, Larry Bird, Jason Williams, Wally Szczerbiak and poor Adam Morrison, among others.
Thing is, everyone on that list except one guy (guess which) never came anywhere near matching the hype. Some were victims to the pressure of the NBA game, some were better individual artists than actual team players, some fell victim to injuries and some were flaming dicks who turned off every teammate they ever had.
Nevermind all the criticism and second-guessing of his game though, what really matters is the dream.
People want to believe Jimmer will burn the nets like a modern-day Jerry West, just like people wanted to believe Adam Morrison was the next Larry Bird (fuck, that’s alot of pressure) or J. Will would be the next, well, Pistol Pete.
So try to keep that idea in your mind next year when Jimmer is struggling to get off the bench for the Pacers or whoever and is getting routinely beat off the dribble by faster guards.
Do yourself a favor and remember the good times, when America held out hope that the babyfaced white boy named Jimmer would take the NBA by storm. More importantly, remember the special moments, like when a cast of BYU Alums including the NBA’s all-time most posterized player Shawn Bradley, (in a wig, no less) made a beautifully cheesy tribute song set to the tune of “dead or alive” by Bon Jovi.
If nothing else, we’ll always have this to hold onto.