August 09, 2011
Minnesota Timberwolves wing Martell Webster(notes) isn't just trying to find a gig overseas, or a job at his local Chick-fil-A. Naw, the (sometimes) sweet-shooting small forward has decided to take to Twitter to ask R&B impresario Ryan Leslie for a gig. Not as some knob-twiddler in the studio, or as a hype man on stage. Nope, Webster wants to start from the ground up. He wants to be an intern.
Martell is likely mindful of the NBA's current lockout, and pragmatic about his future employment options.
After all, he was amongst the last NBA first-round picks to be selected straight out of high school (the 2005 revision of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement outlawed that particular arrangement), so he may have to search a little harder in order to find gainful employment should the NBA's owners decide to give a middle finger to anyone with half a brain, and cancel the 2011-12 season.
But as an intern? Even if it was a poorly considered pair of tweets, that shows a level of love that goes beyond trying to augment some lost income. This guy knows what he wants. And while I'm pretty much your go-to guy for R&B until 1983 or so (I'm honestly listening to Evelyn "Champagne" King's classic "Love Comes Down" as I write this), I have nary a clue as to who Leslie is.
Webster does, and that's the point. And it's a smart take, starting from the ground up.
It's also a heck of a lot better than throwing yourself at Celine Dion.