NBPA Rumors

Ohm Youngmisuk: NBPA executive director Michele Roberts labeled Phil Jackson’s comments on likely splitting with Carmelo Anthony as “inappropriate” and spoke with Adam Silver about it. “We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson,” Roberts said in a NBPA statement. “If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN
Jeff Zillgitt‏: Statement from NBPA on Joakim Noah’s 20-game suspension for violating league’s anti-drug policy: “After a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes that Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Under the recently negotiated CBA effective July 1, a player’s unintentional ingestion of a prohibited substance would be taken into consideration, and we believe the conduct here would not result in discipline. Unfortunately, the current CBA does not permit such consideration.”
Storyline: Joakim Noah Suspension
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.”