Monday, July 27, 2009

Unbiased Insight From Bill Duffy

Bill Duffy, former Gopher and current NBA agent, quoted in Sid Hartman's column:

"To be honest with you, the other kid, Brandon Jennings, who played in Italy, ranked higher," said Duffy, referring to his client, a point guard who was picked 10th by Milwaukee. "I had three other first-round point guards, but I didn't have [Rubio] ranked that high. I think he is pretty good, but I think he might be a little hyped up." (emphasis mine)

Headline for this Column was not "Bill Duffy is Sour Grapes Because He Couldn't Land Rubio". Because that would have been prejudicial. "NBA Insider Says Rubio Overhyped" is completely kosher, though. Nice work, Star Tribune.

Not to say that Rubio isn't overhyped. He might be. But maybe it shouldn't come from an agent's mouth, and maybe he shouldn't be called an NBA insider in the headline, like he's some disinterested GM on the West Coast or something. As one Star Trib commenter pointed out--Sid Hartman has the gall to consider this a compliment: "Duffy is also a great judge of talent, according to former Timberwolves chief Kevin McHale."


Andrew Wice said...

Duffy is a courageous warrior, according to France.

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

Bill Duffy is an insightful thinker on the human condition, according to Deepak Chopra.

Andrew Wice said...

Oh, snap.

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

take that, deepak Chopra!