|Good old #32 is back (apparently in Spanish)!|
Truthfully, I wasn't too happy when I found out Jimmer was joining the Bulls-- they are my 2nd least favorite team in the NBA, after the Lakers. Although I guess I must admit that is mostly because I'm one of those bitter Jazz fans who's still angry about Michael Jordan stealing the only shots the Jazz ever had at an NBA championship in 1997 and 1998. While I definitely think Michael Jordan is a talented basketball player, I never liked him as a person and his ability to get away with anything and everything, and I guess that tainted my opinion of the Bulls. I don't know a whole lot about the current Bulls team, but I'm sure I'll learn more in the coming months, and I guess we'll see if my opinion changes . . . they definitely get bonus points for seeing the potential in Jimmer!
Anyway, I'm mostly happy that Jimmer FINALLY got out of the disaster he was stuck in for far too long in Sacramento. I think the contract buyout was the best 25th birthday present anyone could have given him this week.
I was pleasantly surprised to catch the end of the Bulls / Knicks game this afternoon and see him make his debut. The crowd went wild when he came off the bench with just a few minutes left in the game, proudly sporting his former #32. His teammate Kirk Hinrich gave him a hug right before Jimmer entered the court, and less than a minute later, Jimmer drained his first attempted shot in Chicago, just inside the 3-point line. Even though the Bulls were already way ahead, the bench and the crowd went nuts. I loved the reaction from former Jazzman Carlos Boozer and a few of his other teammates-- I can tell that they are way more happy to have him on their team than anyone in Sacramento ever was. I can already tell he's more at ease, feels like more a part of the team (even though he's been with them for less than a day), and is a lot more comfortable. In short, he's a lot more Jimmer. :)
Jimmer's happy; I'm happy. Maybe the Bulls aren't so bad after all . . .