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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named a former Bulls basketball player to the Chicago Park District Board, replacing a former Bears football player.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, the mayor nominated B.J. Armstrong, a starting point guard who played for the Bulls from 1989 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2000, and became a legend as the Bulls won first three NBA Championships in the early 1990s.
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He also played for the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic. He also served five years in NBA management, working as special assistant to former Bulls vice president of basketball operations Jerry Krause and later as a scout for the team.
Armstrong also now serves as an agent for present-day Bulls starting point guard Derrick Rose.
“With his passion for sports and experience as an executive, B.J. Armstrong will make an excellent addition to the Park District Board of Commissioners,” Emanuel said in a news release. “His guidance will be instrumental in helping to shape the future of the Chicago Park District and its 580 parks.”
Armstrong replaces Bob Pickens, who played three seasons with the Bears from 1967 through 1969, and had been on the Park District Board since 2000. Pickens recently resigned from his post.
In the same news release, the mayor announced project Slam Dunk. It will see the renovation of 100 outdoor basketball courts in 2012.
The Park District will be resurfacing, sealing and striping the courts and install new backboards and standards as well as improve drainage.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.