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Report: Former Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller candidate for players union executive director

Jan 13, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

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The National Basketball Players Association still hasn’t replaced Billy Hunter, who was ousted as executive director 11 months ago. Ron Klempner has held the title in an interim capacity, but the union is still looking for a permanent director.

Enter Larry Miller.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

The National Basketball Players Association reached out to former Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller, now president of Jordan Brand, to gauge his interest in their vacant executive director position, a league source informed CSNNW.com.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the search, said Miller politely declined to entertain the proposition, being that “he’s extremely happy in his current role.”

Miller’s work with Jordan Brand has put him position to foster relationships with some NBA players, including NBPA president Chris Paul, a Jordan Brand endorser.

But re-read the previous sentence, emphasizing the word “some,” and the meaning changes.

For this to work, Miller would have to put aside his allegiance to Nike. That was the case when Miller left Jordan Brand to work for the Trail Blazers, but immediately after his time in Portland, he returned to a second stint with Jordan Brand.

The players association, with differing opinions on Hunter and former president Derek Fisher, has experienced too much fragmentation recently. Drawing lines based on shoes could create new problems.

I believe Chris Paul was a good choice to serve as the union’s president, but the members should at least be wary of Paul pushing in an executive director whose professional interests intersect Paul’s in a way that has nothing to do with the union on the whole. Maybe Miller is the best choice, but if he’s nominated, he deserves scrutiny from the rank-and-file before confirmation.

  1. thomaskouns - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Paul was not a good choice.

    Lest you forget, while he was a player’s rep he continued to support Billy Hunter until the end. All the while Hunter was hiring family members to key positions & even billed the Union (players) 2 million for ‘unused vacation time.’

    Just because Paul is a great player and icon doesn’t have anything to do with him being good or qualified for this role.

    • spursareold - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Plus, he falls down a lot. You want your union prez to be a stand up guy.

  2. shen90 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    NO!

    This scum sucking leach is the buffoon who on his first day on the job sent letters to every team in the league threatening them not to sign D. Miles a player no team even was willing to talk to until this idiot sent the damn email then every team contacted him just out of spite. He does nothing but make enemy’s. When everyone thought Allen was going to die a couple years back he engaged in a power struggle to gain control over the team. He is a liar, a jack ass, a manipulator, Nike was talked into hiring him back to make him go away. He failed to make a profit with Blazers despite selling out every game at over 20k seats. He is incompetent.

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