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Report: As NBPA focuses on after-party, agents want union vote delayed

Jul 28, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

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The National Basketball Players Association is slated to elect a new executive director today.

Or not.

I’m generally optimistic about Chris Paul as president, but more than 17 months after ousting Billy Hunter, the players’ union still doesn’t totally have its act together.

Marc Stein of ESPN

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After the show, it’s the after-party. And after the party it’s the hotel lobby.

Oh. Where was I?

I wouldn’t necessarily read to much to the NBPA focusing so much of its memo to the after-party. Some things are just more clearly communicated in other formats. A single memo doesn’t mean the union cares only about the after-party. More info about the vote could be coming at the meeting itself.

However, the other information about the vote potentially being delayed is troubling.

The players got torched in the last lockout. Another lockout is coming. Between, they’re mishandling issues.

I’d love to see the union achieve better results against the owners, but that must start with them handling their internal issues better.

  1. casualcommenter - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Let’s be real though. This process of looking for a new executive director has gone on for a long time.

    Meanwhile, if you’re looking for union leadership that won’t be viewed as tainted by relationships with either Billy Hunter’s cronies or the NBA main office leadership, you have to favor candidates with no ties at all to the NBA given how long Hunter was in charge.

    Last but not least, the committee that choose these candidates had months to vet them, and re-vetting these candidates could take several more months. If Kevin Johnson’s group isn’t trusted by players, then it made no sense for them to delegate the task of picking 3 candidates to Johnson if agents were going to insist on reviewing ALL possible candidates to make sure those 3 were really the best ones. They should have cut Johnson out and had the agents do it from the start.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      This is probably why Kevin Johnson quit.

      He led a search committee that spent months picking what they considered to be the 3 best candidates, and then he was told the executive committee wants to take the lead in managing the voting, and then he also probably heard that some agents weren’t happy about his 3 candidates.

      In other words, some people were complaining about his choices while others were busy taking away his power to manage the selection process. It’s a no-win situation.

      • shanelsweet - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Maybe, but after all this time, they give the players the names and tell them, “Let’s vote in 45 minutes?” That’s not the right way to treat them. It sort of belittling their vote, and why treat them that way?

  2. campcouch - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    This is why the players should take a business course or find mentors in management. Having zero clue what your reps are doing or having reps who have no idea what they’re doing is bad for you. The owners have the best and they know that players are concerned about short term cash over long term lucrative ventures. The opposite of what the owners want. There’s a reason one person can pay 20 others millions in salary every year and the players don’t seem to get that. Find and pay for the best, not a guy that sounds the smartest in your group or dresses nice, someone who can negotiate a good deal for you.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    The players were taken to the woodshed last time during the lockout.

    7 percent of the BRI given to the owners.

    They’ve not cared about the leadership of their union and the next lockout is approaching (2017 if I remember correctly is when it should happen, not will, but could).

    I’m not going to feel sorry for the players. They don’t save money, can’t go but a few weeks without their paychecks (yes, some can but far too many can’t and they cave – they’re not all Kobe’s and LBJ’s with more money than God).

    Billionaires beat millionaires almost every time.

    The players can’t even get their act straight with the leadership of their union.

    It’s a mess they’ll pay for… literally and there’s many articles out there on the interwebs about this.

  4. addictedzone - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    It’s Michele Roberts.

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