LeBron James Says He’s Not Running For NBPA President

Source: Jeff Zillgitt / USA Today

After days of careful consideration and research, Miami Heat star LeBron James decided he will not run for president or vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, a person familiar with James’ decision told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about James’ plans.

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.

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