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Vote Expected Today In Las Vegas On New NBPA President
Published August 21, 2013
BEHIND THE SCENES: In N.Y., Howard Beck writes NBPA leaders have been "quietly working to rebuild their association from within, while still dealing with the fallout from Hunter’s messy tenure and sagging morale at the union’s Harlem offices." It could be "another six months" before the union names a successor to Hunter, and the lack of a permanent exec dir "has made it nearly impossible for the league to move forward on certain initiatives, including testing for human growth hormone, which Commissioner David Stern wants in place for the coming season." Stern said, “Right now, they’re a little bit hamstrung." Beck notes known candidates for the position include MSG Sports Teams President of Business Operations Steve Mills, NBA Exec VP/Basketball Operations Stu Jackson and Bobcats President Fred Whitfield. The next exec dir could be "negotiating a new labor deal as soon as 2017, when both sides have the option to reopen the agreement" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/21).