HoopsHype Billy Hunter rumors

November 21, 2013 Updates

Billy Hunter, the ousted former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, has identified Kobe Bryant and his agent, Rob Pelinka, as the power brokers who pushed him to accept a 50-50 labor deal that Hunter claims was negotiated behind his back during the 2011 lockout. In a 21-page court filing this week in Hunter's lawsuit against the NBPA, its former president, Derek Fisher, and his business manager, Jamie Wior, Hunter laid out the case for how he believes he was sandbagged by Fisher during the labor talks. Hunter is alleging defamation and breach of contract in the lawsuit, and Fisher's alleged role in a so-called secret deal with the owners to end the lockout would be relevant if Fisher usurped Hunter's authority as the sole bargaining agent for the players under the NBPA's by-laws. CBSSports.com

November 19, 2013 Updates

Reuben R. McDaniel III, an investment banker and chairman of the Atlanta Public Schools board, is among those being considered to succeed Billy Hunter as executive director of the NBA players union. The 52-year-old McDaniel said yesterday he has been screened by an executive at Reilly Partners, the Chicago-based executive search firm hired by the National Basketball Players Association to find Hunter’s successor. “I’m certainly interested in the opportunity, but it’s very early in the process,” McDaniel said in a telephone interview. Bloomberg

September 29, 2013 Updates

Sure, players have been pointing to the collective-bargaining agreement negotiated by former National Basketball Players Asso- ciation executive director Billy Hunter as hurting the free-agent market. But Dunleavy, 33, said money wasn’t the biggest priority at this stage of his career. ‘‘The ghost of Billy Hunter will be haunting us for a long time, but . . . I’ve done well financially, so I could make a decision on what would make me happy,’’ Dunleavy said. ‘‘At this point, it’s playing with a group like this, having a chance to win.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

August 22, 2013 Updates
August 21, 2013 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association has a star as its new president. Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was elected NBPA president on Wednesday at the union's summer meeting in Las Vegas, a person familiar with the vote told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the announcement was made official. Paul, who was previously an NBPA vice president, now is charged with putting the players' union in the right direction after approximately 18 months of instability and turmoil. USA Today Sports

Paul replaces Derek Fisher, whose tenure ends in a shroud of controversy that resulted in the February firing of Billy Hunter, the union's longtime executive director, and lawsuits, including Hunter's lawsuit against the NBPA and Fisher in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Paul, a six-time All-Star who was named first-team All-NBA in 2012-13, gives the NBPA its first big-name president since Patrick Ewing's term expired in 2001. USA Today Sports

About 40 NBA player reps are expected to attend the meeting. The union’s Exec Committee met yesterday for about 10 hours to discuss union business and prepare for the meeting, Klempner said. It is expected that the union will name a search firm today. The player reps are also expected to be given an update on the lawsuit former Exec Dir Billy Hunter filed against the union, outgoing President Derek Fisher and his publicist, Jamie Wior. Sports Business Daily

August 15, 2013 Updates
August 13, 2013 Updates

Stackhouse, one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February -- when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted -- said James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach." "I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is," Stackhouse said. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed." CBSSports.com

August 12, 2013 Updates

Interested in union matters and the direction of the NBPA, James had considered both executive committee positions comprised of players but concluded he would not have enough time at this point in his career to give the positions the necessary attention they require. James called Heat teammate and NBPA secretary-treasurer James Jones on Monday and told him of his decision. James discussed the role with several people and realized he didn't want to commit to something he couldn't focus on 100%, especially at such a critical time for the union, which needs to name a new executive director to replace Billy Hunter as well as vote for a president. USA Today Sports

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