After reports of LeBron James considering becoming the NBPA president, he has no decided to opt out. James had previously expressed interest in the position because he did not like the way that the players association was headed.
“I just think the union is going backwards, and it’s not in a good place right now,” James told ESPN in an interview Saturday. “I think my voice could be huge in that situation.”
Current president Derek Fisher’s term expires this summer (he has been the NBPA president since 2006), which was another reason why James had interest in the position.
Had James been elected, he would have been the most high-profile president since Patrick Ewing in 1998. Instead, he decided not to further seek the position because of how much time the presidency would occupy.
“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,” he said.
Another factor contributing to James not running for the presidency is that the current NBPA vice president, Roger Mason Jr. , is a “strong candidate” to become the next president.
The NBPA will meet later this summer in Las Vegas to discuss the vacant leadership positions.
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