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James Jones
James Jones
Position: F-G
Born: 10/04/80
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $1,551,659
Paul was fully engaged, calling up or emailing NBPA executive director Michele Roberts to share his ideas and concerns, exchanging strategies via text with his right-hand man, James Jones, and reaching out to players to make sure that their input was heard and expressed in meetings with NBA owners. “With all of the stuff on his plate, I really didn’t have much of an expectation that he was going to be able to be available,” Roberts recently told The Vertical. “I would say, ‘Guys, give me an hour and I promise I won’t bug you for a week.’ And his thing was, ‘No. Don’t worry about that, Michele. You just tell us what you need from us and we’ll be there.’ Chris was just remarkably available. It would have been perfectly within his rights to say, ‘Look, I ain’t getting paid for this. Let’s keep it to a minimum.’ But he was always there when I needed him. If I said it was critical that I reach you today, it was done.”
When he sat for negotiations of the previous agreement, Paul witnessed an ugly, contentious tussle with the owners and within union ranks that eventually left the players association in shambles. Paul wasn’t considering the presidency when he attended the union’s meeting in Las Vegas in 2013, but Jerry Stackhouse was among the many players who encouraged him to accept the role. After a final nudge from Jada, Paul reluctantly obliged but immediately regretted his decision. The union had no executive director, Silver was getting prepared to replace David Stern as commissioner, and the league appeared destined for more labor strife. Paul also didn’t think he could make the necessary commitment to clean up such a mess. An uncomfortable flight home to Winston-Salem, N.C., made him even more unsettled upon landing. “I was having almost an anxiety attack, because I was like, ‘I don’t have time for this or that,’ ” Paul told The Vertical. “And I woke up the next morning, saying, ‘I’m going to call and tell them, ‘I can’t do this.’ Knowing the state of the union at the time, it was a tall order.”
“I think we’re all conscious of it,” said James Jones, who serves on the NBPA’s Executive Committee. “That’s a part of being in this industry. We are entertainment. Our actions do have ramifications, but that’s the beauty of this league. When guys make a stand, when they say something, they put their money where their mouth is and they understand that. “At all times we’re about inclusion and respect and autonomy because that’s what makes us so graceful on the court. Our individualism. We’re supportive of our players and we would never suppress or try to deny guys the opportunity to be authentic because we all know being authentic in our business is what sells.”
MR: We had, internally, calls and memos with our guys to make sure we understood what they wanted and for them to make sure they understood the league’s position, and sort of the historical issues. There were insights that they brought to the discussions that, frankly, I couldn’t, because I’ve been a fan for the last 50 years. They’ve been playing for 10, 12. It would have been a different negotiation, I’m confident, if we hadn’t taken in what the players had to say, or taken advantage of the contributions they could make. They were fabulous, fabulous — up until the very last second when we said we have a deal, I was on the phone with Chris, [James Jones], ‘Melo, thank goodness, was in New York, LeBron was weighing in. I know every single member of the Executive Committee was involved — including Stevie Blake, until he left the game.