BJ Armstrong Rumors
Ian Begley: During interview with In The Key podcast with BJ Armstrong, NYK GM Scott Perry talked free agency: “We’ll be looking for some shorter term, maybe veteran players who can help some of our younger guys for this season and really preparing and gearing up for free agency (in ‘19).” pic.twitter.com/rYpRjt1cnT
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry, speaking on the In the Key podcast with BJ Armstrong and Gerald Brown, reiterates that NYK hopes have a more specific timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ return from ACL surgery in early September. Porzingis is expected to be out until at least early December
I truly believe an agent needs to manage their player’s market, not create it. That is probably the biggest misconception of an agent’s role, in my opinion. During the recruiting period, agents often lean on selling players and parents on how powerful they are and how much influence they have with teams. There are certain steps that can be taken by an agent to promote a player and improve his market, but there’s really only so much that can be done. B.J. Armstrong, Bill Duffy and Rob Pelinka are a few examples of former players turned agents, but the majority of agents with much relevancy have never played or coached basketball at a high level.
The dynamic played out most dramatically when Rose sat out the 2012-13 season entirely following his first surgery to repair a torn left ACL. The Bulls at one point leaked that Rose had been physically cleared to play. “A lot has been said and written about it,” Armstrong said, addressing the topic publicly for the first time. “Behind closed doors when you have an injury like that, it’s very significant. You don’t know how people are going to respond to it.”
BJ Amstrong: “I know how badly Derrick wanted to win for Chicago and what he wanted to do for the city. I’m just heartbroken about it because I know how much Chicago means to him and how much that team meant to him. But you know what? It’s part of it. Maybe someday he’ll talk more about it. But that was such a trying time for him because he wanted that more than anything. Wherever he’s at, Chicago is home — no ifs, ands or buts about it.”
Armstrong represents Derrick Rose, Denzel Valentine, Draymond Green and Suns promising rookie Josh Jackson, among many others. He negotiated Rose’s monster, $185 million lifetime deal with Adidas. And ne now gets to do a different kind of business with Reinsdorf and Paxson, his former backcourt competitor on the Bulls’ first three-peat team. “It hasn’t been awkward at all. Actually, it’s been quite pleasant,” Armstrong said of negotiating with the Bulls. “I consider Jerry (Reinsdorf) a mentor. And I consider John a friend. I’ve known John for almost 30 years.”