HoopsHype Michele Roberts rumors

July 29, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American male sports union. Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote. The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013. USA Today Sports

The National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts, a prominent Washington civil litigator, as its executive director. Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the first woman to lead a major North American sports league union. Yahoo! Sports

"Let's be clear: I'm sure there were people that noticed I was a girl," Roberts said in an interview session with reporters after the vote. "Having said that, I frankly wanted to address that question up front whenever I spoke with any of the members of the executive committee and the union. My sense was, the only thing people cared about was my resolve." CBSSports.com

Roberts was the recommendation of NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee, winning with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

"It shows how open-minded our players are," NBPA president Chris Paul said. "With any of the candidates, it wasn't about race or gender. It was about who was going to be the best person in that position. From day one in interviews, she tackled every question head first. ... There were tough questions she was faced with. She didn't back away from them. She didn't shy away from them. She told us her story, and it really sat well with us." CBSSports.com

Sam Amick: Stackhouse was forced to leave the meeting because of retired status. He's not happy about prospect of Roberts winning, if she in fact does. Twitter @sam_amick

July 28, 2014 Updates

Michele Roberts, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is among three finalists to become the next executive director of the National Basketball Association players’ union, two people with direct knowledge of the process said. The other two contenders are Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery and Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington-based advocacy group for technology companies, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because the process is private. Ron Klempner, the association’s acting executive director, declined to comment. Bloomberg

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