That is, he woke up, read some scripture, ate a healthy meal, went to the arena, scored on a pull-up jumper and went 1-for-2 from the field in about three minutes of action in the Bulls‘ 104-88 blowout loss at the Barclays Center on Monday, March 3.
Now most Jimmer fans will ask why he’s only playing three minutes a game on a Bulls team that is clearly desperate for outside shooting help.
In Chicago’s loss to the Nets on Monday for example, the Bulls shot 30 percent from three-point range, an anemic 4-for-13 -- a number that had Jimmer been on the floor would have been much higher, potentially.
Considering Jimmer shot 49 percent from behind the three-point arc in Sacramento -- on a team that had significant trouble even winning games or getting the ball to the ex-BYU great -- any help would be good.
But, as CSN Chicago analyst and former Bull Will Perdue pointed out in this video, Jimmer has to first earn head coach Tom Thibodeau’s trust -- before he’ll play any significant minutes going forward.
For Jimmer fans who want the former BYU star to finally break out in his rather unsettling three-year NBA career, that news is probably not what they wanted to hear.
But, it is the news that they’ll have to live with --at least for the time being while Thibodeau determines what his role will actually be on a playoff-caliber team.