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If Fisher steps out at union, could Chris Paul take his place?

Apr 24, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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It’s an ugly situation. The NBA players union executive committee has asked union president Derek Fisher to resign. He has refused. There are questions of nepotism in the union, Fisher pushed for an audit but executive director Billy Hunter got the committee to kill that and ask Fisher to step down. It’s a mess.

If Fisher leaves, who steps in?

It could be current executive committee member Chris Paul, Mo Evans (also on the executive committee) told the USA Today.

“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.”

We are a long, long way from that vote. But it’s something to watch.

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