When Derek Fisher’s term as president of the NBPA ends in two years, Al Horford will be a strong candidate to lead the Players Union, according to Marc Stein: “File away Horford’s name as a likely down-the-road top contender to succeed the Lakers’ Derek Fisher as president of the players’ union. The stately Fisher was elected president of the players’ union in 2006 and had a more visible and prominent role during the five-month lockout than any of his predecessors has ever taken on. Although he had to weather criticism over his perceived closeness to NBA commissioner David Stern, Fisher generally earned strong reviews for his contributions to ultimately getting a deal done to save the season, which is why he’ll presumably be asked by his peers to carry on as president in the short term. But when Fisher has had enough — he has two years left on a four-year term after re-election in 2009 — word is that Horford will draw strong consideration as his successor.”
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