Jeremy makes his home debut at the Garden tonight. There is some good news and some bad news.
First, the good news: The next five games are against horrible teams (Toronto, Charlotte twice, Washington, Detroit) and none have a backup guard as quick as Isiah Thomas.
Next, the bad news: Iman Shumpert is ahead of schedule and should be back in 1-2 weeks. Also, it looks like the only way JLin gets meaningful minutes is if someone gets hurt or is in foul trouble. The only other time he probably gets besides garbage time is if the Knicks are up 30 or more early.
Also, as I mentioned before, one of Jeremy's biggest obstacles is that he didn't play much point guard in college. You can really see how he can struggle bringing the ball up against strong pressure. Or doing simple point guard duties like coming to get the ball quick and strong if the outlet is being challenged. I think not playing Asian ball actually hurt him with his handles. Of course, NJB and AAU had stronger competition and helped develop his play against bigger more athletic players. However, in Asian ball he would've had to go against a lot of smaller, quicker players and he'd have to work on his ball handling skills a lot more. Many people say his shot was his biggest problem. Although his form and mechanics were not great, his actual shooting percentage in college, and the D-league is more than adequate. His biggest problem was just confidence and of course playing time and just being comfortable out there on the court. His shooting form looks much improved, so I hope this summer he really works on his handles more than anything.
Finally, Jeremy is just in a very tough position as he knows he may not have much time to show what he can do in game situations. Thus, you see him force things in garbage time. Remember, this is so much different than if you're coming in under the normal rotation. If and when he gets some rotation minutes in these next few games, Jeremy will play his game and he will be fine.