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Sources: LeBron James Decides Against Running For NBPA Office
Published August 13, 2013
SPEAKING OUT OF TURN: James last week said he felt the union was "going backwards." But Nets G and NBPA VP Jerry Stackhouse yesterday responded, calling James "misinformed." Stackhouse said the union is "in a good place" and "moving in the right direction." Stackhouse: "He needs to be informed in speaking on our union business." He added James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach." Stackhouse: "I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is. To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed." He added, "I would've liked (James) to come to the meeting next week and hear it and then voice his opinion." CBSSPORTS.com's Ken Berger noted Stackhouse, Jones, Mason and Warriors F Andre Iguodala have "taken a leadership role in trying to put the NBPA on the right path" in the wake of former Exec Dir Billy Hunter's ouster. Sources said that among the internal discussions has been that the "composition of the 30 player representatives be changed and that a formal role be found for retired players in the union's governance." Union by-laws would "have to be rewritten for such changes to take effect" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/12).