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Report: Chris Paul wants union to challenge league on flopping fines, HGH testing

Aug 23, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

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There was a feeling among a number of players (fueled by their agents) that the former leadership of the NBA players union — executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher — were too soft with the NBA and too cozy with David Stern and NBA leadership. That stems out of the last lockout (which the small/mid-sized owners won big) but carries over to other areas.

It appears just-elected union president Chris Paul is willing to come out fighting — and on issues that may not sit well with fans.

Paul has only been in the office for a couple days but TMZ has a report that he plans to be much more hardline than his predecessors.

Sources tell us … Paul is taking his new role very seriously — and is already talking to players about his agenda, which includes:

— Preparing a battle plan to fight any league proposal for HGH testing
— Eliminating flopping fines
— Forbidding any dress code additions/changes

We can all enjoy the irony of the notorious flopper Paul fighting flopping fines, but what it signals is a willingness to fight. Same with HGH testing, which all major pro leagues are trying to put in (although the NFL and its union are fighting over it).

Thing is, those are two things generally popular with fans. Both flopping and PEDs are issues that cut at the game’s integrity and fans want to see fines, they want to see testing, they want to see less flopping and the guys who get caught flopping get more than a $5,000 slap on the wrist. Fans want to know their players are clean.

There should be tension and disagreements between the players union and the league — there is always going to be being tension between labor and management. If CP3 and the players want to be more aggressive, that is their call.

But they better pick their battles. Know which ones are worth fighting and don’t hurt the NBA’s domestic fan base.

  1. straightouttavtown - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Chris Paul has every right to take on David Stern heads on, especially if you consider that the only reason Paul is not a Laker but a Clipper is because Stern vetoed the trade. Stern ruined his career to ensure Paul’s legacy will never be complete because the Clippers, like the Kings, will never win a ring. But Paul better be careful when his contract expires because he could be blackballed like Allen Iverson. Just look at what happened when Allen Iverson, the hip hop icon who fought the dress code back in 2005, was set to hit the free agency in 2009. Allen Iverson averaged 27 points 7 assists 45% FG and led the Nuggets to their best record in 20 years, yet was traded to a team that didn’t mesh with his skillset on his walk year (Pistons) and scapegoated when Rodney Stuckey was stinking it up. The media turned into a Rip vs. A.I. battle while Stuckey got a free pass with the purpose of making Iverson look washed up and kill his free agency value that summer. This is within months after he was arguably one of the top 5 players in the league.

    • timmytoes - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Wow. You’ve got quite the imagination. So, you think that Stern personally saw fit to ‘ruin’ CP3’s career by forcing him to the Clippers, even though resigning as a free agent this summer was his own idea. Now, Paul could be ‘black-balled’ if he dares to challenge the mighty Stern on any issue. And, of course, Stern and the media were in cahoots to sabotage the rest of AI’s career as well. Why wouldn’t they? Another dopey Stern conspiracy theorist. Same kind of dopes that think Stern rigs the playoffs.

  2. christophlovell - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Good for CP3!

    Based on his irritations with the league we can conclude the following:

    1. He thinks human growth hormone is just dandy.
    2. Flopping is just part of the game (he’s probably right about this one, demonstrating how stupid this game has become).
    3. The dress code is really stupid.

    I agree on the dress code, but holy cow, CP3, what’s up with those other issues? Pick your battles wisely, my man. There are bigger issues.

  3. deiong - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    of course he wants to make it as easy on players to cheat. hgh and flopping. both which he is on first name bases with. you’d think he’d make it harder on himself?? derrrr

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