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SBD/August 2, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
LeBron's Rumored Interest In NBPA Presidency Draws Mixed Response From Pundits
Published August 2, 2013
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MISPLACED PRIORITIES? Columnist Kevin Blackistone commended James' "interest in electoral politics within his employment." However, he noted there are players "on the Executive Committee that have been putting in hours trying to get this thing right." Blackistone: "I think he should look into starting there rather than just try to usurp them because he's LeBron James." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said James is "in position to be one of the handful of greatest players of all-time." Cowlishaw: "He doesn't need this headache." Meanwhile, Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said the NBPA "needs an Executive Director" more than a James presidency. Paige: "They've gone months now without one, and I think even though there's not labor negotiations on the horizon, you've got to get someone there to protect the players' rights" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/1).
PART OF A GROWING LEGACY: FoxSports.com's Reid Forgrave noted serving as NBPA President would give James a "legacy that differentiates himself from Michael Jordan." Forgrave: "LeBron already has hired smart people. The people that surrounded two and three years ago were not good for his image." Staples said, "The fact that they're floating this out there shows one of the most amazing evolutions in a character in NBA history" ("Rome," CBSSN, 8/1). ESPN's Dan Le Batard said, "What I love is LeBron finding his voice, the idea of LeBron -- as he grows and grows before our eyes from a kid into a man -- taking a power position and using that power in a way that can empower his colleagues" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 8/1).