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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  23 responses

Jerry Stackhouse Calls LeBron James ‘Misinformed’ About NBA Players Association


Miami Heat superstar LeBron James had some pointed criticism regarding the NBPA, before ultimately deciding not to run for the union presidency. Jerry Stackhouse, an executive committee member of the players’ association, says LBJ doesn’t know all of the facts. Per CBS Sports: “Calling LeBron James ‘misinformed’ about the state of the National Basketball Players Association, executive committee member Jerry Stackhouse said on Monday that the union ‘is in a good place’ and ‘moving in the right direction.’ … ‘He’s the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved,’ Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. ‘But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business.’ [...] Stackhouse, one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February — when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted — said James’ comments felt like a ‘kick in the stomach.’ … ‘I don’t think he’s had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is,’ Stackhouse said. ‘To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed.’ Stackhouse, 38, an 18-year veteran who does not have a contract for next season, said he does not plan to run for president when the NBPA convenes Aug. 21 in Las Vegas for its summer meeting. The union’s first summer meeting since Hunter was ousted over concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest also will include the announcement of the executive committee’s selection of a search firm to find Hunter’s replacement, Stackhouse said. James is one of many players who will not be attending the crucial meeting due to other offseason obligations. Since the executive committee sent a memo to the union membership about the timing of the meeting to elect a new president and discuss how Hunter’s successor will be chosen, numerous players have scheduled conflicting informal team workouts and won’t be able to attend. ‘I would’ve liked [James] to come to the meeting next week and hear it and then voice his opinion,’ Stackhouse said. One of key criticisms of union governance in a January report on Hunter’s tenure by the Paul-Weiss law firm was a lack of involvement among the union membership. ‘It hasn’t been a priority,’ Stackhouse said. ‘We can’t wait until collective bargaining to get engaged in the business of basketball.’”

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Which means either James Jones or Chris Paul is misinforming him. Which means there’s another problem. LeBron is too smart to say something without any knowledge of what he’s saying.

  • Nate

    Paragraphs…

  • robb

    I think Jerry, as a member of the players association, needs to say these things in public to avoid distrust towards the NBPA. They may be ‘moving in the right direction’ but the union certainly isn’t ‘in a good place’ right now.

  • chyea

    Umm not really. It’s very customary for people to be talking out of their asses. LeBron definitely was.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Yes. The only reason he said anything was because LeBron made it public that things aren’t great with the players association.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Have proof that he was? Tell me the name of the executive director of the NBPA. Tell me the name of the president of the NBPA.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    These reports of Lebron running for the President of the NBPA has been going on for about a month now. Why didn’t Jerry voice his opinion when Lebron was going public with it? He waited until Lebron decided to not run for it to come out and say this? If there is any distrust, its from Stackhouse’s side.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Great questions. Anyone who has been keeping up with things over the past couple of years knows that the player’s association isn’t doing too well. Why Jerry decided to make these comments not even 24 hours after it came out that LeBron decided not to pursue that position is anyone’s guess.

  • chyea

    LeBron just simply looked at the last CBA agreement and determined that the NBPA were push-overs. He, like many players, don’t seem to understand that giving in a little doesn’t mean you lost or did a shitty job. It’s not a zero-sum game. The negotiations quite simply came down to this: the players have way more to lose in a prolonged lockout than any owner. If an owner is operating at a loss, there’s no incentive for him to start the season. Whereas players have short shelf-lives (the average NBA career is about three years) and every single season counts a lot. LeBron is simply not in tune to the issues facing the average NBA player, which the NBPA is designed to protect.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    …That’s just your opinion which means nothing here. What I asked for was proof that he was “talking out of his ass”. Meaning it’s on you to provide information showing that the NBPA is in great shape. Simple. Can you provide that information?

  • Ishmael Jenkins?!?! From NC??

    Um, LeBron’s basketball physical ability is second to none, but he is a shameless self promoter. Not for one second should you nor anyone else think that he was going to run for anything. Everything this dude says is scripted and phony in that regard. Great player, good guy, a little corny but he’s been in the spotlight since he was 15 for playing freaking basketball. Hard to really expect something genuine at this point from LeBron.

  • ron

    every opinion counts

  • pposse

    can you provide proof that James Jones or Chris Paul misinformed Lebron? Seriously what’s more plausible…James Jones or Chris Paul misinforming Lebron or Lebron just talking outta his ass?!

  • RKJ92

    There you go starting up again, another shot at LeBron from pposse.. you changed though right? nope.

  • pposse

    did you read the whole thread or you just picked my comment and correlate it with the word ‘ass’ and come up with your conclusion? I’ll give you a play by play right now..

    1. Ishmael reads article and states his belief that CP or James Jones misinformed Lebron
    2. chyea responds and says ‘no, lebron talkin outta his ass’
    3. i respond and ask what is more believable ‘CP and James Jones misinforming or Lebron just talkin outta his ass?”

    *i also ask to provide proof since it was asked by Ishmael to chyeah to provide proof that Lebron was just talkin smack the whole time.

  • RKJ92

    How are you this dense? no, no, please continue..

  • pposse

    why are you trolling? no no, really stop.

  • RKJ92

    -.-

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    How about coming up with an original name? You can’t be taken seriously until you do that.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    What’s the most plausible is you again finding a way to take a shot at James. As you often do. What is your issue with him?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Neither you nor I know exactly what the deal really is with the NBPA. I simply put forth an opinion about what may have happened. The guy I responded to didn’t give an opinion. He spoke as if he knew what happened. So it was on him to prove that was he was saying was true. He said LeBron was definitely talking out of his ass. That’s not an opinion. He spoke as if he knew what he was saying was true and what I said was false. So it’s not on me to prove anything. It’s all on him.

  • pposse

    no issue, just stated from the get go that it was a dumb idea for him to be the president.

  • pposse

    your right neither of us do know. But I don’t see any reason what so ever for CP or James Jones to misinform Lebron. James Jones is his teammate who won two rings for playing maybe a total of 5 minutes these last two years in the playoffs. He owes Lebron the truth at the very least. CP would be the same exact type of representative Lebron would be as President. Both are superstars, they are friends off the court and even if he were to misinform him, James Jones would be right there to give him the truth. Lebron just talking ish is 50x more plausible. It’s the off season, he’s a champion and never ever shyed away from the media. Not saying he’s an attention whore, but if I’m his management I’d spring this idea to him to be President. As part of his management I would want his name in the media as often as possible, name recoginition = revenue.

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