Seeing union in trouble, LeBron mulling NBPA president run

Could LeBron sit on the opposite side of the table from Micky Arison in future years? - Mike Ehrmann

In an interview with ESPN, LeBron James said that the union is going "backwards" right now.

Speaking at length for the first time since the end of the NBA Finals, two-time NBA champion LeBron James said that the National Basketball Players Association is "not in a good place right now" in an interview with ESPN. He confirmed that he is considering a run for the union presidency, saying that his voice could carry a lot of weight in a union he currently sees as "going backwards."

NBPA team representatives voted unanimously in February to remove executive director Billy Hunter from office. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, James took a strong role in the meeting, saying that the union was broken and needed to be rebuilt. Hunter attempted to persuade the NBPA to spend millions of dollars in a failing bank that had his son on its board of directors, much to the chagrin of the union. Hunter also failed to seek proper player approval for his five-year, $15 million contract extension in 2010.

FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock reported July 31 that James was considering a run for the union presidency. At the time, I dismissed the story as Whitlock attempting to get Web traffic during the NBA off-season. But James is considering this leadership role with the NBPA, so Whitlock's source was apparently correct. It remains to be seen whether the four-time NBA MVP will indeed seek to reform the tattered players union.

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