After the last of the players worked out Monday for the Utah Jazz, capping 12 players in a two-day period–most slotted for the No. 12 pick or lower–Jimmer fans must have breathed a sigh of relief.
Or, scratched their heads because they probably came to the realization that their boy, er, Jimmer, may not be coming back to the promised land after all.
That’s the way life goes in the NBA, where things are not always what they seem.
After Jimmer roared through Utah on his horse and carriage of cameras and publicists last week, it seemed like nothing could go wrong for the guy.
Now reality has arrived on a foam platter with all the fixings, and no fewer than six players vying for that No. 12 spot on draft day dropped by Salt Lake City for workouts, including four forwards and two guards.
On day one, it was Kansas’ star Marcus Morris, Florida State’s Chris Singleton, and Texas’ Jordan Hamilton and Tyler Honeycutt of UCLA, all big guys banging and jockeying for position on Sunday.
You had guys leaving college early (Hamilton and Honeycutt), an old wise man (Marcus Morris) and perhaps the best defender in this draft (Singleton), all of whom entered the Zions Bank Basketball Center on the Lord’s day and left with a good impression of head coach Tyrone Corbin, himself a pretty good big guy in his time.
Sacrilegious? Absolutely, but it was time to get down to business. Moreover, it was time for the Jazz to get serious about that No. 12 pick, which means nothing good may come of this for Jimmer’s fans.
The only good news for the legions of Jimmerites is that Singleton sounded like Shaq’s little brother in his post-workout interview (hopefully he can shoot free throws better), but his voice is not why the Jazz called him in for a workout.
On the flip side, Hamilton and Honeycutt seemed wise beyond their years and Morris was, of course, the elder statesman of the group.
Might be surprising to Jazz fans that so many big guys worked out, because if you look at the Jazz’ roster, you currently see three players at the four in Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors.
Does the mere fact that four legit big men worked out mean something is afoot in Jazz land? Is the fire sale of the century about to go down, rivaling only the Portland Trail Blazers’ draft day finagling of seasons past?
Only the Jazz truly know, but it does seem just a tad curious, don’t you think?
On Monday, also the team’s final day of workouts, in came Washington State guard Klay Thompson, whose speech reminds one of Keanu Reeves in any number of movies.
Klay, of course, had the little issue with the herbage at Wazzu that made its way to the tabloids, and that’s because his lineage runs deep: he’s also Laker great Mychal Thompson’s son.
Pressure? Yeah, just possibly.
The Jazz also brought in Alec Burks of Colorado, who is fast becoming the player to watch on this draft day, as he can play both the one and two positions, and is a dynamic scorer.
Burks is unique, in that similar to Jimmer, he could go as high as the fifth pick or as low as 15th. People have the Buffaloes’ sharpshooter all over the draft board.
Going back to Jimmer, who had his last workout over a week ago–which seems like an eternity now–he is still filming his reality show on a daily basis and continues to work out privately with his uncle, as he waits for his name to be called.
Of course, Jimmer fans want the Jazz to call their boy’s name on Thursday, but you have to think, now that so many players in Fredette’s draft range have come to Salt Lake City over just the past few days, that reality is beginning to set in.
All Jimmer fans know is that the 2011 NBA Draft is just two days away, and all questions will soon be answered.