Chris Paul new union president

Chris Paul Elected President of NBPA

The Clippers star is the first high profile player to hold the position since Patrick Ewing in 2001

by ESPN, August 22, 2013

Chris Paul new union president

Chris Paul new union president

Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul became the highest profile player in more than a decade to head the National Basketball Players Association, as he was elected president Wednesday after a two-day meeting in Las Vegas. Paul, a vice president on the union's executive board for the past four years, is the biggest star to lead the group since Patrick Ewing in 2001.

He begins his 18-month term replacing Derek Fisher, who had been president since 2006, with the NBPA in turmoil after 18 months of in-fighting, firings and lawsuits.

The move came as somewhat of a surprise as free agent Roger Mason had been the only candidate who announced publicly he intended to run for Fisher's position. Mason was elected as first vice president . "I've been thinking about (running) for a while on and off," said Paul, who earlier this summer re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year, $107 million deal. "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."

Read it at ESPN.



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