A year after Billy Hunter was removed as executive director of the NBA Player Association, the union is still searching for his permanent replacement, but to the dismay of many who find the situation dissatisfying.
A day after NBA agent Jeff Schwartz voiced his thoughts about how the union’s search for the new director must change in a guest post for ESPN’s TrueHoop blog, NBAPA president Chris Paul responded through the same outlet, ensuring that changes and reforms are well underway in the union:
“Working with our Acting Executive Director Ron Klempner, we’ve spent the past year reviewing and reforming the core policy infrastructure of our union, creating an organization that is strong, strategic, transparent and absolutely accountable to our players. Most notably, over the past many months, the NBPA’s Executive Committee has been engaged in an extensive process and exhaustive search for a new Executive Director to lead the day-to-day operations of the union. For your average fan, this may not sound so important, but for our players, it’s a big deal. Our next NBPA Executive Director will help define and shape the decisions that will govern the direction of the NBA in the decades ahead.”
Bloomberg News reported that the potential finalists for the executive director include Screen Actors Guild executive director David White and corporate lawyer Michele Roberts. A decision was set to be made after the NBA All-Star Break, but three more weeks of no movement propelled Schwartz to speak up about the situation.
In a union executive meeting over the All-Star weekend, NBAPA vice presidents Roger Mason Jr. and James Jones stated that there is no timetable to find the permanent replacement for Hunter. Until then, Klempner will continue to assume the duties.
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