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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  21 responses

Chris Paul a Candidate to Replace Derek Fisher as President of NBPA?


With Derek Fisher currently under fire from his own people inside the NBA Players Association, Maurice Evans tells USA Today that Chris Paul would make for a nice replacement: “The National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee is trying to push out its president, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher, for reasons not fully explained, with Los Angeles Clippers guard and committee member Chris Paul emerging as a potential replacement. NBPA vice president and Washington Wizards guard-forward Maurice Evans said that Paul would have to be nominated and elected. Until that could happen, executive committee first vice president and Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling would be interim president. ‘We can’t, by bylaws, say who is going to be the president; that would have to go to a vote,’ Evans said. ‘Chris Paul’s name may circulate as one of the players who could fulfill that role, given that he’s a younger player (at 26), on the executive committee and played a huge role during the lockout. He has the respect of a lot of players.’ But Fisher, 37, would have to resign, and as recently as Friday, he said that won’t happen. The NBPA executive committee Wednesday voted 8-0 ‘that it lost confidence in Derek Fisher’s ability to act as union president and requested Derek’s resignation,’ according to a statement the NBPA released late Friday. Fisher followed with a reply reiterating he will not resign. The fallout between Fisher and the NBPA has been brewing since the lockout and erupted last week with Fisher’s demand for ‘an independent review of the business practices and finances.’ Shortly after that, the executive committee voted it no longer wanted Fisher’s leadership and called for his resignation. ‘This is not proper protocol to handle this right before the playoffs,” Evans said. ‘The timing of this is what we’re most disappointed with. We’ve tried to clarify, this is not about Derek vs. Mo Evans or Derek vs. the Board or Derek vs. (executive director) Billy Hunter. We’re very satisfied with Billy Hunter and … the role he has played. This is nothing personal against Derek. We’re not trying to disrespect him or embarrass him. We’re trying to let it die down. We’re trying to focus on the game.’ What caused the fallout between Fisher and the NBPA is not exactly clear. At one point during the lockout, Fisher was accused of trying to cut a deal with league negotiators on the side. However, Fisher and the NBA denied that. Evans said the decision to call for Fisher’s resignation is ‘a result of certain actions. We feel this is the best action going forward.’ But Evans declined to elaborate on those actions. It does not seem a simple resolution is likely. Fisher is not walking away, and Evans said the bylaws must be combed to figure out what happens if Fisher won’t resign. It doesn’t seem Fisher will go quietly. His strongly worded statement distributed Friday paints the picture of a determined man.”

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  • It should be Ray Allen

  • ClydeTheGlide

    I don’t have a full understanding on how the leadership process works in the NBPA but I think Brandon Knight should be considered/groomed to take the helm as NBPA president. I know he’s a rookie and all, but he’s proven in high school and college the ability to balance a high work ethic on and off the court.

  • Pais

    It should be Fisher. I’ll side with anyone calling for increased transparency. Fish says somethings going on and wants an independent audit. Hunter wants to know what he’s looking for before agreeing to an audit. That’s suspicious, let ‘em take a look, if there’s nothing to find then no worries and then talk about replacing Fisher.

  • Pais

    It’s worth noting that the person who accused Fisher of trying to broker a secret deal with Stern was that fat guy Jason Whitlock from Fox. Nothing was substantiated, and even the committee members have stated that they don’t believe the rumors to be credible. (The full story can be found on NBA.com)

  • http://www.thedynastyboys.com lix

    Looks like Billy Hunter has a bunch of young boys wrapped around his fingers. Perfect lil “Executive Commitee” to keep him protected. If all Fish wants is an audit done by someone without connections to Hunter, why not do it to squash suspicions? Do the rest of the players not find it weird that a man who hires mainly relatives in positions that have access to union money wants to push out the guy calling for transparency? This is why the owners always get over on the players. Not enough of them give a damn about the things they should. If there is nothing to hide, what’s the problem? Fish is a fellow player. Hunter is just a lawyer. I’ve never heard of Fisher’s character being anything but upstanding. Some of the stars at least need to ask why Hunter wants to silence Derek. Where’s Kobe to back his boy up? This whole situation is shady.

  • RunNGun

    It should be Shane Battier… make it happen, Stern.

  • JML-G

    anyone will better than Fisher

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lol @ Brandon Knight comment above.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Hunter has a bunch of family members involved with union finances, wants to can the guy who is asking for independent review of finances, and no one sees this as a problem? I smell a rat. When the first response to a call for transparency is to shut up the person calling for it, something ain’t right.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m with Pais on this one. Hunter and the NBPA look really suspicious right now. Forcing a guy out just because he wanted an independent look at the books? That’s a red flag right there.

  • patrick

    How bout something radically different? That is abolish the players union. That way going forward the NBA won’t have a one single entity to “collectively bargain” with and thus lockout.

  • bike

    I vote for KLove. A big white guy would be a change of pace.

  • patrick

    I agree with M Cho and PAIS. Go Fisher. Audit the books, and then disband the union!

  • bike

    Hey Patrick great idea. And give the players less, money, less rights, less medical coverage, and less say in all matters of labor. Hell, make ‘em work for free. Thanks a lot, facist!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Something doesn’t seem right about all this. Why does Fish want an independent audit? Was that ‘retalliation’ for something Hunter did/said? Why do they want Fish out? Was it the fact he called for an audit or was it something else and the audit was the ‘final straw’? I don’t have a side because I don’t know the full story. But with the reporots of Hunters kids/businesses receiving so much money – an independent audit seems appropriate. At the same time, it’s not like it was a ‘hidden’ fact that Hunters daughter was the assigned attorney representing the NBPA during the lockout. I’m not sure how well known is was/is that his sons firm get’s paid significant dollars for ‘running’ the NBA’s financial responosibility program (that does not seem effective). Nobody knows the full story and I’m not sure how transparent things have/not been. If Fish thinks there has been some kind of cover-up he needs to say it, otherwise I’m actually leaning more toward siding with Hunter and the committee and seeing Fish calling for this audit as retaliation (not the committee getting rid of Fish because of it).

  • Kevin

    Chris Paul was supposed to replace Fisher on the Lakers but that one didnt work out.

  • Dungeon Family

    I vote for Lamar Odom……..Not Like he has anything else to do But Lift Andre The Giant Every Night

  • http://Slamonline.com Kevin Durant’s Backpack

    KD for president. Make it happen stern.

  • http://Slamonline.com Kevin Durant’s Backpack

    Better idea.. METTA WORLD PEACE!!! NBA players get 90 percent of revenue or world peace will elbow you stern.

  • Yesse

    Clyde must be high.

  • Waggle

    Well Chris Paul is whiny, so…

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