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Still, it’s not all sunshine from Silver. “I’m looking at Jeff Kessler. And Ron [Klempner],” he said of the NBA players union legal counsel and interim executive director—both seated in the front row at Tuesday’s event—when discussing the prospect of HGH testing in the NBA. BusinessWeek.com
To Jones, the election of Paul made plenty of sense, especially amid this period of turmoil. "LeBron had interest in having a more vocal presence within the union, being more involved," Jones said of their conversations. "But, at the same time, he understood that it's a transition. It's not something where overnight you get into the meat and the details of the business and how it operates and functions. And C.P. is like LeBron, the face of our game. He's an international star, an international presence, but he's been exposed to the board. So he understands the commitment. He was just more comfortable working with our existing board." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Caught in the middle was Jones, who had to deal with fellow executive-board members on Wednesday but also has to deal with LeBron in coming months. "LeBron's points were valid," Jones said upon his South Florida return. "He said the union had been in turmoil, had taken steps backward. The first step moving forward was reclaiming the union, which we did." To a degree, Jones said James accomplished plenty just by speaking up. "Make no mistake about it, our union has been a mess," Jones said. "It has been in turmoil. The general consensus of the players, not individual bodies, but the overall body, was that the union has lost touch with what its goal and mission was, and that the players weren't engaged. And we wanted to reactivate their enthusiasm." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Peter Vecsey: Source says Stern hopes former league/Knick exec/top candidate Steve Mills replaces Billy Hunter. That should concern the union. Twitter @PeterVecsey1
"This is not a position that's about me or one person," Paul said. "It's about the collective group and the players and I think from my experience ... it's about growing the game and expanding our brand and continue to get our players involved as we can and make sure our voice is heard. The guys here just understand it's our union, there's no one person that is bigger than the group." ABC News
As diplomatic as Paul wanted to be, there was still a feeling among many players and observers that putting a big name in the big chair would help galvanize the union. Paul, a six-time All-Star, is the first marquee player to hold the top spot in the union since Patrick Ewing's run ended in 2001. Role players Michael Curry, Antonio Davis and Fisher followed Ewing. "That wasn't a requirement, but I think it gives us a little more oomph, I guess, having somebody like him wanting to step up and take on that role," Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver said in a phone interview. "It means a lot." ABC News
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