But, I did my best. Ricky and I traded off questions, and this is what came of it:
Ricky : What are you doing with Windows?
BJ Armstrong : I’m here with Windows and HP promoting the new operating system, in conjunction with the NBA. They’re introducing new products and trying to get their product out to the consumer.
Scott : In your job description, it states that you are in charge of preparing all your clients for the [NBA] draft. What exactly does that entail and how is the process different from when you were drafted?
BJ Armstrong : Now, being a sports agent and working in that line [of work] is really preparing these young men for all the challenges they are going to face. It’s not only on the court, but off the court, as well. The players are getting younger and younger, and I’m helping them to understand the challenges they are about to face and some of the pitfalls along the way.
And, not that I know everything, but [I want] to share with them some of my experiences as an ex-athlete. But, more importantly, it’s to give them an opportunity to succeed and give them every chance. All the information that you can help give them to prepare them along the way will actually, for better or for worse, give them an opportunity to recognize some of the things that we can talk about, and answer some of the questions they have. It gives me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with these athletes, to bond with them, and to develop a special relationship prior to them getting to whatever team drafts them.
Scott : And, did you have anybody like that when you got drafted?
BJ Armstrong : I did not. It was a different time. You didn’t hear of athletes at the time going straight from high school to the NBA. You didn’t hear of players going to school for one year and then to the NBA. Most of the guys were, when I was coming up anyways, four-year players in college. Then, you’d have another two years to adjust in the NBA.
Now you’re seeing players going one year in college and they’re thrust right into the spotlight. It was a different time. For every LeBron James that jumps onto the scene, or every Derrick Rose that does really well in year one, you have a lot of others that take time to transition. Those guys are just brilliant in their own way, but a lot of other guys need a little help along the way.
Ricky : When you stopped playing, you worked for ESPN and the Bulls front office. How did you come to be an agent?
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