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Rumor: Former Knicks executive Steve Mills likely new players union head

Jul 29, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT


When Stu Jackson stepped down as the VP and enforcement arm of the NBA, this rumor somehow got started around the Web (as often seems to happen): Jackson was going to take over as the head of the NBA players union.

That doesn’t make much sense — you don’t take a guy from the enemy’s inner circle and put him in charge of negotiating the next collective bargaining agreement for you. He sees things through their eyes, not yours.

SBN’s Tom Ziller was making this point on twitter when the well connected Zach Lowe of Grantland threw out this comment:

This is not the first time we heard this rumor, it’s been thought of around the league for a while.

Mills (a former basketball player at Princeton) was the COO of Madison Square Garden, the owners of the Knicks and Rangers. His stocked dipped there in part because he helped bring in Isiah Thomas, but this is the Knicks front office so nothing is ever just that simple. He is currently the CEO of Athletes & Entertainers Wealth Management Group.

The union has been without an executive director since Billy Hunter was ousted back at the All-Star Game by a unanimous vote of team representatives. An audit of the union had raised a lot of questions about nepotism and how the union’s money was spent (but there was a lot of other issues with Hunter being let go tied back to how the lockout ended).

We’ll see if this happens, but it’s something to watch.

Either or both sides can opt out of the current CBA in 2017. One side will. If I were a betting man I would bet on another lockout then.

  1. thomaskouns - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    These players aren’t the sharpest tools in the drawer when it comes to making major decisions that could impact the league for the next 20 years.

    First off, why after all the poor ethics of the Billy Hunter Era would you go out any hire the person who hired and presided over the Isiah Thomas Era in NY?

    Second, why are they putting Jerry Stackhouse in charge of finding the next Union Head? Nice guy but this is a huge decision – why not an outside well respected lawyer or someone with current Obama Head D.A. Eric Holder’s type of resume but instead you get Jerry Stackhouse who doesn’t even have a B.A. to decide your Union’s fate and the salaries for the next 10 years?

    This current situation illustrates exactly how players were hoodwinked into supporting Billy Hunter for years while he paid himself huge bonuses and hired nearly every member of his family to work for the Union in some capacity and most of the NBA player reps including Chris Paul didn’t see any ethical inpropriety.

    Just because your great putting a ball in a net sure as hell doesn’t mean your knowledgable about anything else.

    • longtallsam - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      “Someone like current DA Eric Holder”? You have to be kidding! There has never been a worse Attorney General in our history, a lying, crooked sleaze ball.

  2. themike31 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    So why’d you use a picture of David Aldridge?

  3. cantonbound13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    He is soley responsible for destroying the Knicks for a decade. He wanted to hire Magic Johnson to run the Knicks & then after Johnson thankfully declined the offer he hired that scum bag Isiah.

  4. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Look at that smile lol

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