Sports generally and the NBA specifically have always been pioneers, years ahead of society when it comes to racial issues. Black players entered the NFL in 1946, MLB in 1947 and the NBA in 1951, all more before Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 and over a decade ahead of the pivotal civil rights events of the 1960s. The NBA has continued to be a leader with more African-American players, coaches, GMs and owners than any other league. Even the fans
The 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
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
As the NBA Players Association’s search for a new executive director drags on, one can’t help but wonder if it will have a happy ending. Right now, that’s hard to foresee. The search has been plagued by inefficiency from the beginning. The low level of transparency has opened the search up charges of manipulation as various factions from inside and outside the union try to exert influence over the process. Add to all of this the horrible timing of the process and
NEW ORLEANS — What happened to the “love of the game” qualification in choosing a replacement for Billy Hunter? David White of the Screen Actors Guild is one of the candidates who was interviewed by the NBA players’ union’s search committee here at All-Star Weekend, and he is reportedly the frontrunner for the job. Again, I must ask: Are the players being played? I can’t see where Job Qualification No. 1 is being addressed.
I will not be the next Executive Director of the players union. I got word of my rejection via e-mail, with no further explanation, so I decided to use my column this week to describe what is going on during the selection process, and what a shame it is. NBA players and all athletes in general have a pretty miserable track record at many things. Outside of actually playing basketball or another sport, their skills don’t necessarily translate into being successful in
We knew things would get ugly when Derek Fisher and the NBPA looked to oust Billy Hunter from his position after the lockout debacle. The ugliness is now in full motion with Hunter suing Fisher and his former employer for a large sum of money, with a bit of a twist in his story telling. Find that, the latest update on Kobe Bryant and much more below. STORY OF THE DAY: Billy Hunter is reportedly suing Derek Fisher, his business manager and
NBA players recently held their annual meeting in Las Vegas and elected Chris Paul as the new president of the National Basketball Players Association. The union is in the middle of the most controversial period in its history, which is as old as the shot clock. It was founded by Bob Cousy in 1954 and finally recognized as the players’ exclusive union in 1964. I was a member for 18 years and worked with every executive director in its history. When Billy