Aug 23, 2013, 12:13 PM EST
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.
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.
- Derek Fisher questions ‘character and integrity’ of players after Knicks lose to Kings by 38 points 14
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Tuesday: The Hawks clinched playoff spot in front of Josh Smith 3
- Nuggets need to decide direction, then hire coach 18
- Report: Russell Westbrook ‘likely’ to return to Thunder lineup Wednesday, will wear protective mask 13
- Nuggets have fired head coach Brian Shaw 29
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Monday: Goran Dragic got his revenge in concentrated form 5
- League suspends James Harden one game for kick to LeBron James’ groin 23
- PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings: Hawks seem to be out of malaise. Maybe. 11