LeBron James' resume includes NBA champion, NBA Finals MVP, league MVP and Olympic gold medalist. But one title he won't be adding this offseason is "NBPA president."
The back-to-back NBA champion considered running for president or vice president of the players' association, but has opted against doing so, according to USA Today Sports.
Last week James emerged as a candidate to replace longtime president Derek Fisher, telling ESPN at a charity event in Akron, Ohio, that he was worried about the union.
"I just think the union is going backwards, and it's not in a good place right now," he said.
However, James did not want to hold the position unless he were able to commit the time and attention required to hold such a position.
Between his rigorous offseason workouts (he was seen pulling an ATV last week), charity work in Akron and further public appearances, it would have been hard for James to devote his time and efforts to the NBPA, which is also looking for an executive director after Billy Hunter was relieved of his duties last All Star Weekend.
The union plans to meet in Las Vegas next week to vote for the president, while a search firm may be called in to find candidates for the executive director's job. Following Hunter's dismissal and the lockout that forced the season to miss 16 regular-season games before playing a compact schedule two seasons ago, the union needs a strong voice to work compatibly with the owners.
It's not all that surprising that James has decided against running for president. Though he would have been an incredibly strong -- perhaps the strongest voice -- to lead the union, such star power also means more commitment to other endeavors. James still hopes to be a strong voice for the union when it's needed, the article notes. Fisher has been president for 18 months, and a source also told USA Today that Roger Mason Jr., the current vice president, is a leading candidate for the presidency.