LeBron James won't run for NBPA president

By Royce Young | NBA writer

This was James in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. (USATSI)
LeBron won't be NBPA president. (USATSI)

King James won't be President James.

After considering a run for NBPA president, LeBron James has decided to withdraw his name, according to USA Today and confirmed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Interested in union matters and the direction of the NBPA, James had considered both executive committee positions comprised of players but concluded he would not have enough time at this point in his career to give the positions the necessary attention they require. James called Heat teammate and NBPA secretary-treasurer James Jones on Monday and told him of his decision.

James discussed the role with several people and realized he didn't want to commit to something he couldn't focus on 100%, especially at such a critical time for the union, which needs to name a new executive director to replace Billy Hunter as well as vote for a president.

LeBron recently told ESPN.com that his "voice could be huge" and that he felt the union was "going backwards."

"I just think the union is going backwards, and it's not in a good place right now," LeBron said. "I think my voice could be huge in that situation."

LeBron acknowledged then that the time committment could be an issue.

"I'm not sure I have the time to do it, but it's something I'm going to think about with my team and go from there," James said. "But I think we all can agree there's been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it's not me in that seat then I hope it's someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job."

Star players typically aren't the NBPA leader, as it does require a heavy time committment, as the last major player to hold that position was Patrick Ewing in 1998.

LeBron can still be heavily involved, however. According to the report, LeBron wants to be still be a "voice for change" and kept in the loop with union matters.

The players will elect a new president in La Vegas next week as Derek Fisher's tenure will come to an end. According to USA Today, vice president Roger Mason now appears to be a strong candidate for the position.

 
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