LeBron James is one of the most notable athletes in the world, and after winning two championships, and two gold medals with the US Olympic team, he has earned the respect of his peers in the NBA. Unhappy with the direction the Players Union has taken. James says that he is now considering taking the place of NBPA President.
With Derek Fisher’s career, and term as Union President, coming to an end, LeBron is considering stepping in and feels he could be a unifying presence.
"I just think the union is going backwards, and it's not in a good place right now," [...]
"I think my voice could be huge in that situation."
The players' union has been under scrutiny from its members following a 2011 collective bargaining agreement that saw the players give back significant revenue to ownership followed by a scandal involving former executive director Billy Hunter's use of union funds. Hunter was fired earlier this year, and president Derek Fisher's term ended this summer.
The main issue with King James taking over the role as President is just having enough time to do a good job. He says he will convene with him teammates, and see if this will distract them, and interfere with training.
"I'm not sure I have the time to do it, but it's something I'm going to think about with my team and go from there," James said. "But I think we all can agree there's been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it's not me in that seat then I hope it's someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job."
[UPDATE: LeBron Will Not Run for NBPA Presidency]
According to sources close to USA Today, LeBron will not run for NBPA President after all.
After days of careful consideration and research, Miami Heat star LeBron James decided he will not run for president or first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, a person familiar with James' decision told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about James' plans