November 10, 2011
Over the past decade, Chris "Birdman" Andersen has been one of the more complicated figures in the NBA. After dealing with serious drug problems, the athletic big man has turned his life around without losing his borderline-crazy personality. He's a lot of fun to watch.
He also has the sorts of life goals we don't normally associate with NBA players. At a launch party Wednesday night for Converse, Andersen spoke with SLAM Online's Abe Schwadron about what he's been up to during the lockout:
SLAM: A lot of NBA guys have been playing in streetball games this summer. Not you. Why? What have you been up to instead?
CA: I'm actually from the woods down in Texas. I've been training and whatnot about basketball, but also I'm trying to start a hunting show right now. So I'm out in the woods with Converse.
SLAM: A hunting show?
CA: It's gonna be called "Willie B and the Good Ole Boys." Basically with all my friends I grew up with down in Texas, and it's going to be celebrity rednecks that do crazy, dumb stuff…hopefully I get sponsored by Converse.
I have no idea who "Willie B" is, but this sounds like a fantastic idea for a show. I have never hunted in my life, yet the image of Birdman running around the Texas backwoods with Ted Nugent, Toby Keith, or Brad Miller(notes) makes my heart sing. Just think of all the amazing adventures they would go on together. Can you imagine Ted Nugent dressing a deer as Andersen tells him about his shot-blocking technique?
Unfortunately for Andersen, I'm pretty sure Converse is unlikely to sponsor such a show. The demographics seem too different, unless camo Chuck T's are about to become the hottest shoe on the market.