Chris Paul Elected President Of The NBA Players Union

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Basketball

LAS VEGAS (AP) Chris Paul has already seemingly done the impossible by turning the long-languishing Los Angeles Clippers into a force in the Western Conference. Now he’s taken on another big task – rebuilding the reeling NBA players’ association. Paul was elected president of the players’ union Wednesday, replacing Derek Fisher and giving an organization cloaked in turmoil some much-needed star power at the top. The vote by NBA player representatives came six months after the union fired Billy Hunter as executive director, a position that remains vacant and follows about 18 months of in-fighting and drama that occurred during the negotiations for the latest collective bargaining agreement. Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Fisher of conspiring with NBA officials during the 2011 lockout. “It’s not about me as president or the first vice president, it’s about the players as a whole,” Paul said in a conference call Wednesday night. One of Paul’s greatest gifts on the court is an ability to get everyone involved and make his teammates better. Now he’ll try to do the same thing with the union. After the lockout ended and the lawsuits started to take hold, there was a feeling among many players and observers that putting a big name in the big chair would help galvanize the group and get star players interested in participating again.

Ok, Chris. You’re the best point guard in the league. You’ve transformed the Clippers into a contender. You pretty much are the GM of the team. And now you’re the President of the players union. These are all good things, but don’t forget about goal #1. It begins with a “C” and ends with “hampionship.” You’ve got plenty of stuff on your plate and I don’t want to see your hair line start thinning like Lebron from the stress.

By the way, next month I’m gonna start doing a full NBA preview. I’m gonna rank the top 5 in each position, pick my award winners, and give my championship picks over the course of a few weeks. So for all you basketball fans make sure to look out for all those things in late September-early October.

Obligatory top 10 career Chris Paul plays…

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