Jul 31, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT
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.
Jul 14, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
Heat, Cavaliers have been linked to LeBron James’ former teammate
Jul 14, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT
Bonner will make the league minimum
Jul 14, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons added to list
Jul 14, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
Stan Van Gundy uprading his shooters
Jul 14, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT
Crazy ending to game between the Hawks and the D-League select squad in Vegas.
Jul 14, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Otto Porter is going to play behind Pierce this season, he hopes to learn a lot.
Jul 14, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT
It was his best highlight on Sunday
Jul 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
He’s dropped weight and is playing well. Maybe not No. 1 pick well, but like a guy who can contribute at the NBA level.
Jul 14, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT
McDermott and Tony Snell had a very good shooting game for the Bulls.
Jul 14, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT
This is an upgrade for the Bulls up front.
Jul 14, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT
He will backup Kemba Walker.
Jul 13, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT
Hinrich took less to stay in Chicago.
Jul 13, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT
Miami continues to bring the band back together — minus LeBron James, of course.
Jul 13, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
The Bulls frontline rotation next season may be best in NBA.
Jul 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
Randle signed his deal just 20 minutes before tip-off, but he was able to scramble a bit to make it into the starting lineup.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
Dallas has had a very nice offseason.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
A good signing to maintain roster continuity, considering Chalmers has been Miami’s starting point guard for the past three seasons.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
In a wide open East, the Nets roster looks like one that could do some damage. If it can stay healthy.
Jul 13, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Exum’s performance didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but was extremely exciting nonetheless.
Jul 13, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT
He will step into a stretch four role in Charlotte.
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