Clippers star Chris Paul becomes NBPA president
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the union that represents basketball players in the NBA, has announced the election of Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul as president.
Paul, who re-signed his contract with the Clippers in July after agreeing a five-year, US$107 million deal, has been the vice president of the association for the past four years. He replaces previous president Derek Fisher who served from November 2006.
As president one of Paul’s first responsibilities will be to assist the board in their selection of a new NBPA executive director after Billy Hunter was fired in February.
“I’ve been thinking about [running] for a while on and off,” said Paul. “I’ve had a lot of dialogue about it with committee members. I wouldn’t have taken on the role if I was going to do it alone.
“We’re excited about this road ahead,” he added. “It was something I saw as a challenge, something I knew I’d be able to handle. It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a lot of responsibility comes with this position.”
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake and Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver have also become new members of the executive committee, joining current members Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat’s James Jones, San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and Clippers’ Willie Green.
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