Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is the new NBPA president.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports Paul was elected by his fellow players on Wednesday at a summer meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. He replaces Derek Fisher for the post, becoming the first superstar president since Patrick Ewing held office until 2001.
Paul said in a conference call he will rely on the collective power of the NBPA’s executive committee and not just his own.
“I wouldn’t have taken this job if it was going to be me doing it alone. The other guys on the executive committee are just as important as I am. There’s not one guy who’s bigger than the group.”
He was previously the vice president of the association’s executive board. His 18-month term will involve quashing in-fighting and lawsuits that have recently plagued the NBPA, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Windhorst also emphasizes Paul’s most important agenda would be to find a replacement for Billy Hunter, who was dismissed as NBPA executive director six months ago. Former union vice president Jerry Stackhouse, a free agent who plans to remain with the union as an adviser said they are in no rush.
“We’re in no rush. We’ve identified a number of (candidates).”
Free agent guard Roger Mason,Jr., who expressed his desire to become NBPA president last week, was elected first vice president who will replace Stackhouse. Others who were elected union vice presidents include Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake and Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver.
Aside from Paul, Blake and Tolliver, others who comprise the NBPA’s new executive committee include James Jones, Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Willie Green and Matt Bonner.