Last week, thanks to Marriott Hotel Manila, I got the rare opportunity to meet one of NBA's legends, former Chicago Bulls basketball player, Benjamin Roy Armstrong Jr., or B.J. Armstrong, also referred to as "B.J., The Kid."
The event was held in Marriott's Velocity Bar, the Philippines' first and only 5-star sports and entertainment bar. The meet and greet was relaxed and casual, with people taking turns asking for autographs and taking photos with the basketball star. It lasted about half and hour and was adjourned with B.J. Armstrong giving an autographed basketball as a gift to Marriott Hotel.
B.J. Armstrong with my friend, Ging
B.J. Armstrong - Basketball StarHere are some highlights of B.J. Armstrong's illustrious career in the NBA according to Wikipedia...
- Selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft, the 6'2" (1.88 m) Armstrong helped the team return to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1989-90.
- The following season 1990-91 he helped them win their first NBA title against the Los Angeles Lakers.
- In 1991-92 Armstrong averaged double-digit scoring while coming off the bench behind longtime starter John Paxson to help the Chicago Bulls win their second straight title.
- In 1992-93 he locked down the starting job, helped the Chicago Bulls' win their third straight title. He also claimed the NBA's three-point field goal percentage crown.
- In 1993-94 he emerged as more of a leader in the wake of Michael Jordan's retirement, placing third on the team in scoring.
- He was voted a starter in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, finished second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage while leading the team to a second-round exit from the playoffs.
- Armstrong finished third in scoring again in 1994-95 and with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Toni Kukoc, led the team to the second round again.
- Armstrong was the first player chosen in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft (via Toronto Raptors) and played for the Golden State Warriors in 1995-96 and in 1996-97. Four games into the 1997-98 season, he was acquired by the Charlotte Hornets, playing 62 games that year. He also played 10 games for the Hornets in the 1998-99 season before being signed by the Orlando Magic in March of that year.
- On August 30, 1999 he was again signed by the Chicago Bulls and played the 1999–2000 season and retired at the end of the season.
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