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Report: Kevin Johnson no longer part of search for new head of players’ union, vote expected Monday

Jul 25, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson worked wonders to help the city of Sacramento retain the Kings, when the team’s former owners seemed dead set on selling to a group that would relocate the franchise to Seattle.

Johnson was enlisted to try to achieve similar success in searching for a new head of the union for the players, after Billy Hunter was cut loose following questionable dealings and even more curious financial decisions.

But Johnson is out now, apparently, and the process is set to move forward without him.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

In email, Kevin Johnson has informed agents he’s no longer part of the search process for a new NBPA executive director, Yahoo has learned.

Johnson had been tasked with heading search committee for a new NBPA executive director, but terse email reveals committee is out of process

Sources had told Yahoo Sports in past 48 hours that are four finalists in process for new the NBPA executive director.

Wrote Kevin Johnson in email to agents: “While we’d hoped to help bring this to completion, it’s clear that won’t be possible.”

NBPA exec. committee wants to lead process toward hiring, leaving Johnson’s group feeling cast aside, sources say. And so it goes in NBPA.

3 NBPA exec. director candidates will make 45 minute presentations to players at union meeting Monday in Las Vegas — then a vote to elect.

What’s important here isn’t necessarily who ends up getting the job. It’s that the dysfunction in the union continues.

The players need more involvement for when it’s time to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement, which is one of the reasons that Chris Paul agreed to take the role of president which had previously been given to players who had far less on-court responsibilities.

The stars need to step up in order to make a true stand against the owners, but they can’t do it alone. They need competent leadership in place, and by the powers that be forcing Johnson out before the process is complete, you have to wonder if they’ll ultimately make the wisest of decisions.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    The players LOST 7% of the BRI last time.

    They were taken to the woodshed.

    There was a story out earlier where the NBA was thinking of easing in the upcoming spike in pay to the players (think the story was from today on this site).

    Whether they do this or not isn’t my point.

    My point is that is the NBA thinking about how to delay the spike in revenue when the new TV deal is reached from the owners?

    Uh, that would be a no. Some partnership between the owners and the players.

    The league is to split the basketball related income (BRI) 50 – 50 yet they’re thinking of how to delay or ease in the amounts to the players.

    If I were the players union, I’d be getting in front of the scribes and asking if the league is thinking of how to ease the money to the owners because they will get their revenue right away.

    The players union is weak and they are going backwards compared to the owners.

  2. campcouch - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    You would think that with all of the educated and successfully retired players roaming around, they could find someone to do this. Kareem, Stockton, Battier, Mashburn, there’s a list of guys who could do this full time versus an active player or the mayor of a city. This why the PA gets rolled by the owners every CBA, letting shady lawyers or uncommitted players bargain for their money.

    • sumkat - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Kareem, Stockton, Battier and Mashburn would all get schooled by just an average negotiator. What they need is an actual professional . Regardless of how smart they are, former basketball players are…former basketball player. They aren’t equipped to negotiate with people who have been doing it for their whole lives.

      No different than someone thinking they can play just as well as NBA players, because they have a sweet jump shot at the playground

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        @sumkat, a professional? Like Billy Hunter?

        campcouch makes a good point and history backs him up.

        Now your break is over. Go flip burgers like only a seasoned veteran of McDonald’s can!

      • sumkat - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Billy Hunter?
        he also was not a professional. He was a failed NFL wide receiver, who later in life when it was obvious his career was over, and never accomplished anything of note as an attorney

        A professional is someone who has done it their whole life. Someone who loves doing it. Not someone who fell back on it when their chose profession failed.

        Also, if/when they do hire that professional, it might be a good idea to not hire someone from a notoriously corrupt area of the legal field (northern CA DA’s are), and then keep an eye on him and make sure he’s not robbing you blind

  3. thomaskouns - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    KJ is a stud. Super bright ethical & smart. His wife is one of the nation’s leaders on educational innovation & reform.
    I live close to Sacramento in the Bay Area & folks here are really impressed with the job he’s done in Sac Town.

    This illustrates why NBA players may be great athletes but lousy business men for the most part. It’s sort of a ‘just give me my check’ and I could care less about the details mentality.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      He had a pretty interesting past when he was younger (still an adult and professional basketball player) where he had an affair with an under-aged high school student. Their relationship started when they filmed a PSA commercial for the Phoenix area. That resurfaced recently, and I wonder if that may be weighing on Johnson’s removal from the situation.

      • chaser44 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        I read a few in depth articles about his past. It goes back to as a player there have been multiple underage girls, some family friends. He had multiple accusations, coverup, intimidation and firings. I also believe there was misappropriation of public funds as well. He is no stud, he is a scumbag.

    • caeser12 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      Kevin Johnson is a slumlord, and just as evil with his tenants as Donald Sterling, it’s all public record, look it up.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Kevin Johnson? Ethical? The same guy who stole $73 million of public money and grants for his non-profit and misappropriated it? The same guy who molests teenage girls? I’m not sure who you know that are impressed with the job he’s done in Sacramento, but clearly they haven’t been to the town in the last 6 years. KJ is an awful mayor that is driving the city into bankruptcy.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Super bright ethical and smart?

      Sadly, you are today’s average American, in terms of education, morality, and gullibility.

      Read everyone else’s replies if you’re confused.

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