The NBA Players Association has conducted its own year-end awards balloting after each of the last two seasons separate from the NBA’s array of year-end awards voted on by media members. The coaches have decided to do the same, sources said, to reward the winning coach for both on-court success and off-the-court impact in the community as well as to pay tribute to Goldberg, who became the NBCA’s first executive director in 1980, six years after it was founded.
With Jordan, now the league’s most famous owner, working over his fellow co-owners to lend a very influential assist along with current stars like Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony voicing their desire to take care of the previous generations of NBA players, the NBA will become the first professional sports league to offer retired players medical benefits as part of a comprehensive and enhanced player retirement package. “That was kind of a big point for us to be able to give back to retired players,” Anthony told ESPN concerning the recent collective bargaining agreement negotiations. “Every league sees what happens to retired players after a certain period of time. But for us to be able to take care of those guys, I know how much it means to them.”
From the NBA: The new Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified this week by the NBA players and NBA Board of Governors. The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017 and run through the 2023-24 season. The parties voted based on a term sheet that outline the key deal points. Once the NBA and NBPA finish drafting and execute the complete agreement, specific details will be released.