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Published August 5, 2014
ROBERTS' RULES: In Boston, Gary Washburn noted new NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts officially begins Sept. 15. Roberts said that she will "meet with players over the next several weeks to eradicate any doubts about her passion for the job." Roberts: "I will probably end up being a pain in the (butt) because I am going to keep hanging around and make sure I can eyeball every single one of the men and women I work for. I want to meet them and I want them to meet me.” Washburn noted being an African-American woman is "not lost on Roberts." But she said that she is "accustomed to working in male-centric arenas." Roberts: “Being a trial lawyer, being a litigator, has been historically dominated by men -- and quite frankly by white men -- so I’ve had to compete in an environment where I was probably the only woman in the room" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/3). Pistons C Andre Drummond was in Las Vegas for Roberts' election and said, "Being involved with some of the union stuff in the NBA and stuff like that is really beneficial. Not only for myself, but for my career to learn who’s really handling certain situations and who’s really helping us with our contracts and collective bargaining stuff. Just for me to be there, I learned quite a bit more about the league" (FREEP.com, 8/3).