While most people are following the Democratic Party electing its candidate for the presidential election, trying to figure out what the hell is a caucus and did they finally count the votes in Iowa, another election took place. The NBA Players Association, more commonly referred to as the players union, elected new leadership. A vice president to be exact.
Pau Gasol’s term as vice president was up, and Kyrie Irving was elected to a 3-year term, effective immediately. Irving will join president Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala (First Vice President), Anthony Tolliver (Secretary-Treasurer), Bismack Biyombo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, CJ McCollum and Garrett Temple (Vice Presidents).
“This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA. I have been an observer and a participant in union affairs for a while, but for the most part, I was off on the sidelines, supporting our Executive Committee as they made important decisions. At this point in my career, I wanted to join forces with those guys and take a bigger role outside of the basketball court and within our union. I want to help move the union forward with innovative ideas, not only on social issues but also with business ventures into a new space. I am honored to be elected by my peers and I cannot wait to work with everybody to make an impact.”Kyrie Irving, NBAPA
Given Kyrie’s track record, innovative is an understatement for what to expect. Irving’s interest in a position with the union isn’t surprising; he’s been vocal about social issues and the fact that being a player is just one aspect of his life. He will now have a chance to help his peers in many of those areas. Not everyone was thrilled to hear Kyrie was elected.
“WHO?? I’m so glad I’m retired, I’m so glad I’m out the league. That’s all I got to say. Cause I’m telling you, that’s the blind leading the blind.”Kendrick Perkins, The Jump
Perk couldn’t hide his surprise with Kyrie being elected to such a position within the Union. We will hold judgment until we find out more about the platform Kyrie was running on. What would be the most woke addition to the CBA? We’ll find out soon enough.