The National Basketball Association released big news on Thursday when Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was named the new president of the National Basketball Players Association. The decision was made on Wednesday during a two day session that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This move grabbed a lot of attention as Paul became one of the most high profile players to hold the position. Patrick Ewing held the office back in 2001 and rumors were swirling last week that LeBron James would step into the role.
Paul will be replacing former NBA Champion Derek Fisher who was in office since 2006. Fisher's tenure ended mired in controversy due to the new CBA in which players felt they gave up way too much to the owners and mounting lawsuits. Paul's only opposition to the position was Roger Mason who was elected to be the first Vice President of the Players Association.
Paul's main duty will be to rebuild the overall trust within the Player's Union that has been surrounded in discontent since the 2011 lockout which nearly canceled the whole season. He will have to select a replacement to former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter who faced an investigation that revealed he had inappropriately used funds that were meant for the union.
The Las Vegas session saw the election of the entire executive board which includes Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Tolliver who plays for the Charlotte Bobcats. The complete executive board also includes Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, Paul's teammate Willie Green and James Jones of the Miami Heat.