Bill Duffy Rumors
Will James and company still have an appetite to use their platform to engage in controversial policy discussion or will their interest in such things fade the way MSNBC’s interest in black political commentators fades with each day we get closer to Obama’s farewell? It’s a different sort of gut check of sorts. One that sports agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management isn’t too optimistic players will pass.
“It’s a very unique set of circumstances,” he said. “[Obama] is very approachable, he knows and loves the game … plus he’s a brother. There’s a level of trust there because they have similar experiences. “I would like to think the guys who have felt comfortable using their platform to bring awareness to things will keep doing so but to be politically active you have to do more than just bring awareness. You have to get involved and I’m not sure if the players will do that once President Obama is gone.”
KC Johnson: Bill Duffy, Joakim Noah’s agent: “Joakim and I speak on daily about his future. There has been zero indication he doesn’t wish to return to Bulls. Joakim has great respect for the city, the fans and the organization.”
Third-year swingman Shabazz Muhammad walked out after practice today with agent Rob Pelinka, who also reps Jones. Muhammad apparently switched agents over the summer, from Bill Duffy (who has Wiggins and LaVine among many, many others) to Pelinka.