Schayes: Union’s Search For a New Executive Director, Part II

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dooverThe NBPA announced this week that the current search for the new Executive Director has been canceled, and they will have a “do over.”

After more than a year of secrecy and controversy, the selection committee led by Board President Chris Paul finally realized that the search in its current form had no realistic chance of having a happy ending. The players were in the dark, the agents were near revolt, and the process would taint either of the two finalists so severely that it would make running the organization effectively impossible.

I have been a pretty harsh opponent of the search process.

VIDEO: Why a Big Loss Outweighs A Big Win

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Big wins are nice. They make players feel great, and they make fans happy.

Big losses?

Those are the things that stick in players’ heads for years and years and years.

That truism comes from ex-player Danny Schayes, whose column this week deals with Kentucky’s loss in the NCAA championship game and how it will impact those five freshmen going forward. As Schayes notes, the games and the moments that stick out in his mind the most are games in which he ended up on the losing end.

Schayes: Losing the Big One; What Kentucky Will Remember

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John Calipari said Duke was "flopping all over the place."Every player with a long career has experienced amazing triumphs and agonizing defeats. What is remarkable is that if you ask most athletes about those events years later, most will admit that the losses stay with them and are more impactful than the wins.

After this year’s NCAA Championship game, Kentucky coach John Calipari could only talk about the missed opportunities. His team missed free throws, turned the ball over or missed shots at crucial times. He rarely mentioned the tremendous play of his opponent, only that his team gave the championship away.

For every Christian Laettner buzzer beater, Immaculate Reception, or other heart-stopping crazy finish, there is a losing team who’s history was changed.

And every fan knows the experience of watching a game slip away play by play. Each missed shot, turnover, or ball that slips through a players hands creates death by slow torture. For it is never the Hail Mary or buzzer beater that is the reason one team wins or loses. It is merely the last thing that people remember.

Schayes: Raising NBA Age Limit to 20 is a Bad Idea – And Somebody Should Say So


badideaThere is a curious thing happening right now. As the search for the replacement Executive Director for Billy Hunter at the NBA players’ union drags into its second year with no end in sight, there is a tremendous void not being filled.

The league and Commissioner Adam Silver, being bright and experienced, have decided to take this opportunity and fill it themselves.

The missing element is the voice of the players. And their silence is deafening.

As the NBPA office continues to shrink through attrition, there is little business getting done. With the Collective Bargaining Agreement open for renegotiation in just a couple of  years, the league has decided to start now by shaping public opinion around some of the non-revenue issues that were never completed from the last collective bargaining negotiations.

At the top of their talking points agenda is raising the age limit from 19 to 20. 

VIDEO: Danny Schayes on Union’s FUBAR Search for New Executive Director

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Danny Schayes is making his on-camera debut in this post, so make sure to tweet him at @DanSchayes and tell him how ugly he looks.

But also make sure you congratulate him on making a strong point — and exposing the shenanigans that are going on at the Players Association as they search for a new executive director to replace the deposed Billy Hunter.

As Schayes writes in his latest column, the two leading candidates for the post are going through an extended period of limbo time with their present employers — which isn’t fair to either of them, or to their current bosses. It’s one thing to be a lame duck for a couple of weeks. But several months?