Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 am  |  30 responses

Chris Paul Elected President of NBA Players Association

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Once LeBron James turned down the opportunity to run for the job, Chris Paul stepped in. Not a bad consolation prize for the NBPA.

CP3 is the union’s new president, replacing Derek Fisher (who, were it not for David Stern, Paul nearly succeeded as the Lakers’ point guard in 2011.)

Per the LA Times:

Paul becomes the first superstar to hold the NBA players’ association president’s job since Patrick Ewing’s term ended in 2001. He vowed to build consensus among players while growing the game on multiple fronts. “I wouldn’t have taken this job on if it was going to be me doing it alone,” Paul said during a conference call. “The other guys on the executive committee are just as important as I am. There’s not one guy who’s bigger than the group.”

Paul’s election was a surprising development. Free-agent guard Roger Mason Jr., the only player to publicly announce his candidacy for the president’s job, was instead elected first vice president. Lakers guard Steve Blake and Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver were elected as vice presidents on the union’s executive committee, replacing Paul and Mason. Paul, 28, gives the union a charismatic and outspoken leader who has been active with the organization since his rookie season, when he was the players’ representative for the Hornets. He served as a vice president on the executive committee the last four years.

Jerry Stackhouse, one of the more vocal union leaders, resigned as first vice president and will take another unspecified position within the organization. The search for a new executive director continues.

Chris Paul should bring superstar heft and influence to future NBPA meetings with NBA team owners, something players have lacked at the negotiating table for over a decade.

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  • shockexchange

    Not a bad selection: (i) CP3 will soon be overtaken as L’s best PG by D. Rose, Kyrie, John Wall, or Steph and (ii) he always has a lot of free time during the post-season anyway. Instead of shooting commercials during the playoffs, he can tend to league business.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Good choice. CP3 has a good head on his shoulder and I think he can represent the players very well.

  • Blarmac

    “Jerry Stackhouse, one of the more vocal union leaders, resigned as first vice president and will take another unspecified position within the organization.”

    Is it just me, or does that seem a little ominous? Assassin?

  • LLC#12

    I’m not sure I like having megarich superstars representing other players who they can’t relate to at all.

  • Caboose

    He just wants to get paid for doing nothing.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Nice stab with the post-season line.

  • bike

    I pity the first fool that playfully rubs his head in a union meeting.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I guarantee you that if Lebron had gotten elected, Stackhouse would’ve stayed in that position so that he has someone to bump heads against.

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  • Dfrance

    Where is this photo from, what was going on here? lol I always see it, but I want the backstory

  • LakeShow

    Enter Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Born leader, excellent choice.

  • BugEyes

    Don’t worry his brother cliff will step in to handle with the business decisions.
    thank you

  • spit hot fiyah

    don’t we all?

  • robb

    those guys still have a long way to go. They are great players but CP3′s leadership and understanding of the PG position are still unmatched.

  • bike

    Was that pic from the game where someone told him about Delonte and his mom?

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  • The Fury

    But you can’t touch his head though…..

  • unimpressed

    Paul was a Billy Hunter Kool-Aid drinker. They should have elected someone outside of the Hunter or Fisher camps. Isn’t that the whole point of new leadership?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    best pic ever… i’m gonna f*p to this

  • Interdico Scriptor

    John Wall? Steph??

  • JoeMaMa

    He’s still hunting K. Snyder. And who else will sing the NBAPA anthem?

  • shockexchange

    One of the four will overtake CP3 shortly.

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  • patrick

    why not just abolish the players’ union + owners’ union? and have individual bargaining instead of collective bargaining? ..if there was a lockout, it would be an individuals “locking out”..versus now where the whole league stops cause it’s a “collective” lockout

  • Saleem Rainman

    i want a backstory too lol

  • straight cake

    Derrick Rose is the best PG in the league look at the head to head match ups between him and CP3, D-Rose outplays him every time and Rose also happens to be a former league MVP besides Lebron in the past few years and has also gone deeper in the playoffs.

  • The Seed

    WHHYY, he on that kool aid.

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