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Report: LeBron James ‘mulling a bid’ for players union’s presidency

Jul 31, 2013, 8:37 PM EST

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We’re going to start this off the way the original story from Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports.com should have, and that’s by stating the obvious: It’s extremely unlikely LeBron James would seek the presidency of the players union now, or at any time while still in the prime of his NBA career.

In fact, here’s the most relevant quote from the story, which in all honesty should have been the opening paragraph of the piece instead of the fifth.

The source close to James cautioned that he thinks it’s “unlikely” James will decide to seek the presidency.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can discuss the rest.

James is passionate about union matters, and has an interest in steering the league’s business in a direction that will not only benefit this generation of NBA players, but future generations, as well. He was a leader in the mid-season union meeting and a strong voice during the lockout. With the National Basketball Players Association in a state of transition, the thinking is that now may be the time to get involved in an official capacity.

“It’s something he has talked about with a small group of people,” a source with close ties to James told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. “He was very vocal at the meeting during the All-Star Weekend about the need for the union to dramatically change. There is a new executive director coming in and new commissioner. He recognizes that this is the time for the union to change.”

It’s been over a decade since an All-Star caliber player was the union president, when Patrick Ewing held the post from 1997-2001. But those were years 14, 15, and 16 of Ewing’s 17 in the league — he was far beyond his prime, and demands on his time had dipped considerably.

This is the core issue, and the reason someone like James could never successfully handle the duties of union president while flourishing as the game’s best player simultaneously. In addition to his teams regularly playing into June each season, LeBron’s schedule is packed with other engagements representing the league, as well as personal endorsement deals that require various trips and appearances.

There’s a reason guys like Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans were so prominently involved in union issues recently, with Jerry Stackhouse handling things so far this offseason. To put it bluntly, they don’t have a whole lot going on outside of their regular team responsibilities, which are fairly limited at this late stage of their respective careers.

It’s great to see that James is looking out for his co-workers in this way, and that he truly has an interest in creating a legacy that will last beyond the game itself. Just don’t expect him to hold the title of president, or be involved in any other official capacity until his playing career is close to being finished.

  1. shockexchange - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Don’t do it Bron. Stick to studying the “LeBron Rules” and leave the politics to mediocre players.

    • michaelcarol75 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      La Baby needs to go to school first, what does a high school kid know about being president

  2. billymc75 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    a great position for derek fischer. seems he fits that mold and guys like him.

  3. biasedhomer - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Lebron is too much of a superstar to be president of the players union.
    As mentioned above, you need an average type players, who understands what the majority of players go through. Someone like Lebron who has gotten special treatment is not a good candidate.

  4. bigx21 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    We won’t need LeQueen in the Union. Keep flopping instead in the NBA!!

  5. asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I don’t mean this in a rude way, I would say it about any prep-to-pro player, but do you really want someone who didn’t even go to college negotiating contracts with the likes of Mikhail Prokhorov, Joe Lacob, Tom Gores, Paul Allen and Leslie Alexander? Guys who made billions doing just that?

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      well the owners pretty much fleeced the players in the most recent CBA negotiations. Also, though I recognize the validity of having a college educated player leading the union, I personally side on the behalf of the player who avoided that thieving, exploitative system that masquerades as the NCAA, and maximized their earning power.

    • deeballer - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      You know there are a lot of people that might have gone to college that never finished do lead or have lead some of the greatest companies in this world right? I’ll give you 3 examples; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell. Don’t measure a person’s intelligence because they didn’t go to college.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        They made their fortunes through their minds, not their bodies however.

      • genuine30096 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        deeballer …. I hear you, BUT ….. do you really put Lebron James in the same category as those you mentioned? Be honest.

  6. kingwithringz - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I keep seeing “LeBron didn’t go 2 college” So? That doesn’t mean he is uneducated. He was just drafted str8 outta high school.How do we know his IQ & intelligence?

    • electstat - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      By listening to him talk.

  7. deiong - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I sure hope not.. he stated he doesn’t see anything wrong with cheating… is that someone who needs to represent the players???

  8. dezglobal - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    President James

  9. tomshoe - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    God no. I’ve seen enough of LeBron James.

  10. charlutes - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Here’s the problem, he’s too stupid.

  11. asuthyo - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I’m guessing that most of the people who feel the need to point out that Lebron is “stupid” and “uneducated”, are likely these things themselves. It’s seems pretty obvious to me that Lebron isn’t dumb just based on interviews. And, a college education does not make someone smart, as proven daily across the country.

  12. Anoesis - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    “The source close to James cautioned that he thinks it’s ‘unlikely’ James will decide to seek the presidency.

    “Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can discuss the rest.”

    That’s the end of the story. The rest is idle speculation. It does, however, fulfill the at-least-one-story-a-day-about-James requirement. What’s up for tomorrow, some WAG (wild-ass-guess) about who does his pedicures?

  13. genuine30096 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Union president? Is he going to have Maverick Carter by his side to translate? I mean, this is the same guy that gave his opinion on “contraction” even though he admitted he didn’t know what the word meant.

    • genuine30096 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Those team owners would have a field day with Lebron James.

  14. lemfaxx - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He could, but he is not the right man.

  15. joeharkins - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    one high school dropout leading another …

  16. northstarnic - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Don’t those empty frames make MeBron look smart?

  17. cranespy - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I would much prefer he spend the time studying tape….. Not of any opponent….rather of himself. Take a good long look at how you showed such humility when you posed with the Championship and MVP trophies….then take a look at how you again displayed such humility sitting on the front row at the ESPYS….then read the transcript of your post Championship interview and then that of the Blackhawks captain…..notice where in nearly every instance he referred to WE while you referred to ME…….(I) maybe then you will understand why so many vilify you. It’s your world Lebron….we just live in it.

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