LeBron James is considering running for president of the National Basketball Player’s Association, according to FoxSports.com.
According to the source, James was very vocal in the Player’s Association meeting during the All-Star Break in regards to the union needing a real change. Derek Fisher currently holds the position.
It seems the time is now for James to be the change he has called for as the union will be led by a new executive director and the NBA under the direction of a new commissioner.
If he is indeed considering candidacy, I like this move for James. We have seen him grow up from being an 18-year ultra-talented boy into a now superstar 28-year old mature man.
Being the spokesperson for the Player’s Association would add another page into the book written about the leader James is. Its one thing to be a leader of your team, as the elite are expected to be, but its another thing entirely to be a leader for all of the men you play with and against. He would also join a list of other greats to hold the position like Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Ewing.
Despite the advantages, I doubt that James will go through with assuming the role. He’s said it time and time again: he doesn’t cut corners. Being a two-time defending champion, reigning MVP, the league’s most popular player, and a father is sure to keep James’ hands full. Becoming the president of the Player’s Association, and fully carrying out its duties, would require more time that James likely doesn’t have in his schedule.
In the event that an executive committee position became vacant, I would like to see James pursue that. After all, there’s no use in calling for a drastic change and do nothing to contribute to it; starting with the man in the mirror.