Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been elected president of the National Basketball Players Association Wednesday after a two-day meeting in Las Vegas.
He will have an 18-month term replacing Derek Fisher, who had been president since 2006.
Paul has served as a vice president on the union’s executive board for the past four years.
Also elected were free agent Roger Mason as first vice president and Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake and Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver as members of the executive committee.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, the Miami Heat’s James Jones, the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and the Clippers’ Willie Green are also on the executive committee, but were not up for re-election.
“It’s going to take a lot of work, but we have a great executive committee, a great group of guys who are ready to move forward,” said Paul.
His most important duty now will be to guide the union in selecting a new NBPA executive director to replace for Billy Hunter, who was fired in February after an investigation revealed he misused union funds.
The union would like to name a replacement before Feb. 1, when Adam Silver will take over as NBA commissioner.
There are also a number of issues from the 2011 collective bargaining agreement that were tabled and needed resolution. Those include blood testing for performance-enhancing drugs, including HGH, and the age limit to enter the draft, which currently is 19.
The 2011 lockout that resulted in the players giving up a portion of revenue to owners in addition to harsher luxury tax rules that will limit spending caused growing frustration within the union.
LeBron James said he considered running for president because the union had been “going backward.” A close friend of Paul, James decided not to run and did not attend the meetings in Las Vegas.
Paul is the biggest star to lead the group since Patrick Ewing in 2001.