Skip to content

Report: LeBron James has decided not to seek players union’s presidency

Aug 12, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

lebron postgame Getty Images

When the report surfaced a couple of weeks ago that LeBron James was mulling a bid for the players union’s presidency, there was no doubting the sincerity of the game’s best player where union matters are concerned, or his passion to personally get involved and try to make a difference.

But as we said at the time, there was virtually no chance of it actually happening.

James is not only the game’s best player, he’s still in the prime of his carer. In addition to all of the physical demands involved in playing into June season after season, there are league-mandated commitments and personal endorsement requirements that have his calendar nearly completely booked on a year-round basis.

Heading up the union on the players’ side is no small task, and with all of this in mind, James has wisely decided to bypass seeking the position for now.

From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

After days of careful consideration and research, Miami Heat star LeBron James decided he will not run for president or first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, a person familiar with James’ decision told USA TODAY Sports.

Interested in union matters and the direction of the NBPA, James had considered both executive committee positions comprised of players but concluded he would not have enough time at this point in his career to give the positions the necessary attention they require. James called Heat teammate and NBPA secretary-treasurer James Jones on Monday and told him of his decision.

In addition to the need to vote for a president, the union must also name a new executive director to replace the ousted Billy Hunter. Whoever is named to these leadership positions will need to develop a rapport with the NBA’s new commissioner in Adam Silver, who will take over for the retiring David Stern in February of next year.

While this was a completely predictable turn of events, the fact that James will have a strong voice in union matters remains, and that’s good for the players during a time of so much uncertainty.

  1. jtchernak - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Came to his senses and realized he wouldn’t be able to handle the business side of the presidency.

  2. m4a188 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Has he even taken any college classes?

  3. edwardemanuelson - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I can sleep tonight.

  4. blakegriffin32 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    He definitely would look the part.

  5. money2long - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    lebron obama would’ve been a cool nickname . good decision for now lbj .

  6. iowalion72 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    He’s not only the president, he’s also a client, of a different organization (for those who are old enough to remember those commercials).

  7. legend30 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I would like to see Shane Battier, Chauncey Billiups, or Andre Iguodala to take the job.

  8. dezglobal - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    He’ll be too busy getting his 3rd ring.

  9. apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Wonder if he wore his red gingham dress shirt again when he called James Jones.

  10. litemater95 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    At least he did not do an ESPN special about it.

  11. tampajoey - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    King Lebron quits again just like the Boston Celtics series.

    • casualcommenter - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      I have exciting news to report: The expert consensus is that you’ll likely go through life without anybody ever accusing you of being smart!

      • redbullenergydrink - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM


    • program33 - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      Stupid comment

  12. miamatt - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Good. He’ll have more time to sharpen his claws.

  13. elcapitanfiscal - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Good. Now he can just focus on winning his 3rd straight ring.

  14. reedly - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    That’s it? Just an announcement through a newspaper quote? No flames? No Rising platforms inside an arena in Miami? Not even a press conference?!?! I feel cheated by the delivery of this earth rattling news from King James.

  15. rickyspanish - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM


    The last nickname you gave would be far more suitable, LBJ. Ever heard of Lyndon Baines Johnson?

  16. florida727 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Sorry, but I just don’t get it. Not that he’s an idiot by any stretch, but what qualifications does he have to be the president of a freaking union? He wasn’t even a “community organizer” or anything like that. (Okay, go ahead, thumbs-down the cheap shot at the clown in the White House; I don’t care.) Seriously though, what the heck makes an athlete, almost ANY athlete, who doesn’t even have a college degree think they can handle the business side of anything related to basketball just because they can PLAY the game? No wonder they’re consistently misrepresented when it comes to negotiating with owners… who ARE businessmen.

    • rickyspanish - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      You sir, are correct. A high school diploma isn’t enough to be in charge of a union.

    • tubal22 - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      Union presidents are typically members of the union, and are voted in by members of the union. That’s why Derik Fisher was president.

      A union president is basically the voice of the membership.

      Executive Directors are typically the lawyer/business types that handle the day to day operations and also give jobs to their families.

    • program33 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:07 AM

      It begins with reading, meetings, research, meetings, advisors, meetings, attending education training course, meeting about meetings, and more meetings.

  17. southpaw77 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Thank god, this idiot would want 2-4 teams contracted, no salary cap and just have 2-4 “Super” teams where all the stars team up and leave everyone else to be the Washington Generals.

    Todays NBA is a far cry from the 80s-90s where it seemed every city had a star of their own. Mullin in Golden State, Ewing in NY, Payton/Kemp in Seattle, Robinson in SA, Drexler in Portland, Olajuwon in Houtson, Miller in Indy, LJ & Zo in Charlotte, Richmond in Sacramento, KJ in PHX, Barkley in Philly, Wilkins in Atlanta, Jordan/Pippen in Chicago, Isiah/Dumars in Detroit, Price/Daugherty in Cleveland, Magic in LA, Bird in Boston, Stockton/Malone in Utah, etc.
    Thats the real golden age, when a team came in to your city you saw a star, now 3/4 of these teams have no star, they all wanna play one team, therefore leaving 2-5 real title contenders.

  18. cantonbound13 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    They wouldn’t let him team up with 2 allstars so he realized he couldn’t handle the pressure. Typical LBJ.

    • leahcima1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Hey cantonjerk it would be like a day without sunshine if you didn’t crawl out of the sewer with a stupid comment about the last two NBA champs’ MVP.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Blah, blah, blah….angry ghetto trash.

      • leahcima1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        What a snappy comeback cantonbound13. Dang you are clever.

  19. spursareold - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Probably a good move. The union is the opposite of players on the court. The little guys rule, because it’s one man, one vote. When they run out of money, the strike or lockout ends. Period. Not even LeBron can change that.

    • spursareold - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      lol, thumbs down when it’s happened that way every time there has been labor strife in the NBA. Keep thinking ‘Bron can talk the minimum salary guys into staying out when their house is going into default.

  20. happster - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Now how can he next get the spotlight back on him…announce a run for president of the USA? A trip to the moon? “Look at me…love me…hug me…shower me with kisses.” So much and yet so insecure. STFU until tip off you selfish whore.

  21. denverdude7 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    … and the world, will be a better place,
    … and the world, will be a better place,
    … for you,
    … for me,
    … you just wait and seeeeeeeeee…

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2505)
  2. K. Irving (1968)
  3. L. James (1649)
  4. K. Bryant (1576)
  5. A. Davis (1576)