What’s it like to be the agent to the NBA’s hottest player? Today we find out as we welcome Bernie Lee, agent for Jimmy Butler. “Everybody has a story”. The Toronto native, currently running Quartexx Basketball, talks about how basketball was always his story.
Supportive parents put him on the right path and as a college player he realized if he wanted basketball in his life, it wouldn’t be as a player. Knowing he wanted to stay connected to the game, he became an intern to an agent and realized immediately that this was what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
Bernie tells us how he competed against the major players in the agency world and made a name for himself as someone to be reckoned with and how he makes time for all his clients regardless of where they are at in the career.
From a young 16 year old seeing his first NBA game to meeting Michael Jordan, Bernie shares what it’s been like to have been on this journey, including how he manages the polarizing Jimmy Butler whom he describes as confident and brutally honest, traits which sometimes make people uncomfortable, and the value in looking past the media images. How did the NBA Bubble compare to “Dirty Dancing”? Find out in today’s episode.