NBA Offseason: Chris Paul Expresses Confidence As President Of NBA’s Players Union
Jul 10, 2013; Playa Vista, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul reacts during a press conference at the team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
While Chris Paul’s reign as president of the NBA’s Player Union is less than a week old, the Los Angeles Clippers superstar is already planning for some big moves. Fox Sports has reported that Paul is prepared to speak with the NBA on a number of issues. The issues include HGH testing, eliminating fines for flopping, and banning any more changes to the league’s dress code policy for players.
”It’s not about me as president or the first vice president, it’s about the players as a whole,” Paul said in a conference call Wednesday night.
While the players union is still without an executive director after the firing of Billy Hunter 6 months ago, many see Paul’s induction as Derek Fisher’s successor as a step in the right direction. Many players have stated that they feel like Paul has the leadership and bravery to go head-to-head with the NBA.
Paul takes over a position that has been in turmoil recently with the relationship between Hunter and Fisher. Around the time of the 2011 lockout, the two were constantly fighting and disagreeing during the negotiations for the most current collective bargaining agreement. Hunter filed for a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May 2013, accusing Fisher of conspiring with NBA officials during the 2011 lockout.