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LeBron James thinking about becoming president of NBA players’ union

Aug 11, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The National Basketball Players Association is without a president following the scandal that saw Billy Hunter be fired earlier this year and Derek Fisher‘s term as president expire earlier this summer. The NBPA could have a major player waiting in the wings to take his place, however, as LeBron James is contemplating running for president of the players’ union.

James would be the ideal candidate for the job considering he’s been heavily involved in the business of the NBA over the past ten years while also adding a big-name to the position for the first time since Patrick Ewing was in charge. James told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that he might not have the time necessary to get the union back to where he believes it belongs:

“I’m not sure I have the time to do it, but it’s something I’m going to think about with my team and go from there,” James said. “But I think we all can agree there’s been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it’s not me in that seat then I hope it’s someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job.”

There’s a good chance that James is elected president of the union if he decides to throw his name in the hat, but he’ll be the first to tell you it might take more work than he’s got time for — winning champions and  MVPs, pulling off-road vehicles and building brands takes time y’know.

“I just think the union is going backwards, and it’s not in a good place right now,” James said Saturday in an interview with ESPN. “I think my voice could be huge in that situation.”

Whether or not James actually becomes the union’s new president, it’s obvious that the union needs solid leadership at the top. If James ultimately decides not to pursue the job, it’s going to be interesting to see which player steps up to take on the important role.

  1. cantonbound13 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    President of NBAPA & future president of hair club for men.

    • legend30 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Someone is salty…

  2. money2long - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    i’ll be the one to say it…i don’t think lebron is apt enough to handle the job .
    basketball IQ is much different

    • antistratfordian - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      LeBron is an intelligent guy. Yes, even outside of basketball. You don’t become Warren Buffet’s buddy if you can’t hang intellectually on some level.

      “You have to get to know him. LeBron’s not initially really talkative. But he’s savvy. He’s smart about financial matters. It’s amazing to me the maturity he exhibits.”

      –Warren Buffet


      “In his first summer as national team coach in 2006, Krzyzewski said he became aware of what he calls James’ ‘profound intelligence’ when he watched the players play cards to pass the time on long trips overseas. James always seemed to know what hand the opposition held, why someone bet a certain amount. He played basketball the same way.

      Krzyzewski told James he admired his mathematical mind, the way he seemed capable of instant calculations.”


      “You are the most intelligent basketball player I have ever coached.”

      -Coach K to LeBron, Sportsman of the Year acceptance introduction.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Well Fisher seems to have let the owners walk all over the union. He certainly can’t be worse.

  3. jamnastyjay - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Nice, he didn’t even attend college and now he wants to be NBAPA Pres…. What a joke!

    • akronhatesyoulechoke - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Can he even read?

    • gmsingh123 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Come on–it’s just a stepping stone to running for President!

  4. atw34 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    Explain why that is such a joke. LeBron has been involved in many contract negotiations and board rooms of MAJOR corporations with his many endorsements. You don’t think that history/experience can translate into being the president of the nba player’s union(a union he has been a part of for 9+ years now)? Plus his voice carries much weight. It’s the president of the players union, not the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    • gmsingh123 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Interesting. So he doesn’t need any actual experience working for the union, he can just step in and become president, right? Because he has big endorsements? I would hope he can become a surgeon when he puts his mind to it, too.

  5. legend30 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    LeBron would do a great job, but he’s too busy getting rings every year.

  6. bills56shout - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I’m sure they would prefer someone with little more than a high school diploma

  7. dezglobal - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    President James… Only adding to his legacy

  8. thraiderskin - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    He should do it… Even though he didn’t get a piece of paper, he appears greatly more intelligent than the average athlete and has the strong reputation to be seen as a leader to all players around the league.

  9. iowahbr - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    The reason that it might not be a good idea is that the whole set of rules about the salary cap built into the league/union contract have made things very very good for a small number of players at the very top of the NBA and fairly lousy for the vast majority of players not at the top. You think he’d be in favor of a rule limiting the max salary for any player to only 8, 10, 12, or 14 times the league minimum within the team salary cap? My guess says no way.

    • miamatt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Nobody in the NBA is making less than 1 mil a year. I’d say things are “very very good” for all of them.

      Star players make that big money because, in general, they are contributing that much more than the last guy on the bench. I mean, LBJ probably should make 20 times as much as Juwan Howard.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      LeBron already took less money than he had to so I wouldn’t be so quick to assume he’d only be looking out for himself. Not to mention that LeBron is probably worth something like $75 million a year to a franchise.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Lebron is seriously underpaid. Why would any player be in favor of a rule to limit player contracts? Salary caps are just words that owners use to pretend they want parity, but really not have to pay players what they are worth.

  10. abchome - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Oh! Lebron finally takes Chuck’s advice and “come home”.

  11. onbucky96 - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    What? I thought they were going to hire Issah Thomas.

  12. @RicheletThepoet - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    King James for president!

  13. kingwithringz - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    This guy is amazing. All Star, Champion, MVP, Finals MVP, GoldMedalist, and now a President. Move over Mr. Obama, the KING is here.

    • akronhatesyoulechoke - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM


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