On Wednesday, the National Basketball Player’s Association announced that Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul would be the organization’s newest president.
Paul was elected on a vote at the union’s summer meeting in Las Vegas. He takes over for longtime NBA veteran Derek Fisher, and will have the task of turning around the association which has been marred in controversy for over a year now.
Fisher, along with the NBPA, was sued by former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter following his firing in February. Hunter was fired after his business practices came into question, which included the following, according to USA Today Sports:
An independent review revealed an unflattering portrayal of the way Hunter conducted business, including questionable hiring practices, financial decisions, contract negotiations, use of vacation days and potential misuse of union funds for travel.
Two-time defending NBA champion and king of the basketball world, LeBron James, was contemplating running for the position, but decided against it in the end.
Whether or not Paul is able to right the ship remains to be seen, but the respect he has among nearly everyone involved with the NBA is a good sign moving forward.