Posted August 01, 2013

Report: LeBron James considering bid for players’ union president

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LeBron James reportedly wants to see major changes in the NBA players' union. (Noel Celis/Getty Images)

LeBron James reportedly wants to see major changes in the NBA players’ union. (Noel Celis/Getty Images)

LeBron James is “mulling” a bid to become president of the NBA players’ union, according to a report from Jason Whitlock.

The four-time Most Valuable Player is enjoying the heights of his NBA career, including back-to-back league titles, but he reportedly sees an opportunity to be a force in changing the union’s direction.

From FOX Sports:

“It’s something he has talked about with a small group of people,” a source with close ties to James told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. “He was very vocal at the meeting during the All-Star Weekend about the need for the union to dramatically change. There is a new executive director coming in and new commissioner. He recognizes that this is the time for the union to change.”

Current NBPA president Derek Fisher is considered unlikely to seek another term after signing a new contract with the Thunder and being subject to a lawsuit filed by former executive director Billy Hunter. Hunter was ousted in February after a nine-month investigation reported conflicts of interest and questionable business and financial practices.

Whitlock reported a list of candidates for the NBPA’s executive director Monday.

From FOX Sports:

Led by 18-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the NBPA has narrowed its options to former NBA coach and league executive Stu Jackson, Pistons legend and former NBA coach Isiah Thomas, former Madison Square Garden executive Steve Mills and Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield, FOXSports.com has learned. Sports attorney David Cornwell is said to be a longshot candidate.

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The union could seek to elect its new president as early as late August during summer meetings in Las Vegas.

From FOX Sports:

“It’s something he has talked about with a small group of people,” a source with close ties to James told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. “He was very vocal at the meeting during the All-Star Weekend about the need for the union to dramatically change. There is a new executive director coming in and new commissioner. He recognizes that this is the time for the union to change.”

Stepping forward to take a prominent role could help James lure other superstar players to be more active with the union, but the report qualifies his eventual decision to seek the presidency as “unlikely.”

From FOX Sports:

The source close to James cautioned that he thinks it’s “unlikely” James will decide to seek the presidency.

“LeBron doesn’t do anything halfway and he has serious concerns about whether he has the time he knows the job requires,” the source said. “The demands on LeBron’s time are already substantial. Whether it’s formally or informally, LeBron has strong opinions on the future of the union and will be very active in the rebuilding process.”


34 comments
DBLETAP
DBLETAP like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Led by 18-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the NBPA has narrowed its options to....Pistons legend and former NBA coach Isiah Thomas...." 

WHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTT?


ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT like.author.displayName 1 Like

His first order of business would be to eliminate the flopping fines in the playoffs.

Theo
Theo

Please pay attention to me!!!  It's not my fault San Antonio choked away two games to hand me a 2-2 record in NBA Finals. Please send that ESPN slug down here and anyone else who remembers that I'm the Chosen One (self-anointed)!!! I'm here with my talents in South Beach . . .  anyone?

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Theo so hes discussed being the NBPA, and that makes him wanting attention?  He hits a bunch of clutch jumpers in game 7 and you still can't get over your anti-lebron garbage?   Get a new platform and stop beating your DEAD horse...  lebron performed about as well as you could in the last 2 finals, and has done everything you can ask of a basketball player in the last 2 years... just get over your obsession dude

Theo
Theo

@AaronDunckel @Theo So I can't voice my opinion Aaron? Isn't that what this forum is about? Go away you child and read some constitutional law.

mag3rzakar1a1
mag3rzakar1a1

Anybody affiliated with the Bobcats should automatically be eliminated from presidency contention

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN like.author.displayName 1 Like

The source close to James cautioned that he thinks it’s “unlikely” James will decide to seek the presidency.

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GOOD, because we already have one black loser (half black) in DC.

Cool
Cool

@WHO*IS*ESPN And apparently we now have a white loser in WHO*IS*ESPN ... just to even things out.

6marK6
6marK6

@WHO*IS*ESPN Get a life! Go over to the Fox News site and spew your moronic views. I never understood why white trash like yourself will use any forum to spew their political views. 

Theo
Theo

@6marK6 @WHO*IS*ESPN Lib scum!!! Fox owns your life.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Theo @6marK6 @WHO*IS*ESPN  your comments do do anything for YOUR ilk... except make them look bad 


its people like you on both the right AND the left that are "destroying this country"

Theo
Theo

@6marK6 @Theo @WHO*IS*ESPN Never heard of him but any chance I have to destroy liberal scum I take it. You and your ilk are destroying this country. Cannot wait for that scumbag criminal to buy the farm. Naturally of course wink wink

6marK6
6marK6

@Theo @6marK6 @WHO*IS*ESPN If you were educated you could articulate better and we would know what you were saying. I take it that this guy is one of your butt buddies from espn.com

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN like.author.displayName 1 Like

Of course he wants it, just like he wanted defensive POY. This arrogant azzz is as humble as al sharpton

mystafugee
mystafugee

Quit bashing his lack of college experience.  He isn't literally running the NBAPA, that's still the job of an executive.  His real role is to rally the players and keep them on the same page, something that hurt the union during the last lockout.  

Dr.Killapatient
Dr.Killapatient

I don't know what qualifications you would need to seek such position, but if he has an opportunity, "Go for it".

6marK6
6marK6

Maybe he will have another announcement special in which he tells us whether he will do it. Lord knows his extensive education will prepare him well for  the job.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@6marK6 Education just gets you into the interview room, it's work experience that's the real value and he's got experience in the NBA field both on and off the court.  

6marK6
6marK6 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@mystafugee @6marK6 Dude, that is comical. He has never done anything off the court other than let his lawyers and agents make decisions for him. When you are talking about collective bargaining agreements and other issues, he is oblivious. Get over the hero worship.

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

I like how it seems as though he will be good at everything he ever does, and that he is better at every aspect of basketball than the player in the league that is best at that thing.  He shoots better than Ray Allen, he passes better than Steve Nash ever could, he plays defense better than any center in the league.  One day he might even be as good a GM as Michael Jordan.  Or as good an agent as Jay-Z.