The National Basketball Players Association has a new president, and his nickname is CP3.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was elected president of the NBPA on Wednesday evening. It is the first power shift at the position since Derek Fisher took over for Antonio Davis in 2006.
Paul is the 14th player to be elected president of the labor union.
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal had the scoop on Twitter:
Chris Paul elected NBPA president— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) August 22, 2013
ESPN's Brian Windhorst confirmed the story:
NBPA announced Chris Paul has been voted president & Roger Mason elected first vice president at meeting today in Vegas— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 22, 2013
Chris Paul spoke about accepting the position (via CBS Sports and Tim Bontemps of the New York Post):
Paul: "It's not about me as president or the first vice president, it's about the players as a whole."— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) August 22, 2013
Chris Paul: "I think my top priority is to get as much involvement as possible from our players."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 22, 2013
Chris Paul: "I wouldn’t have taken this job on if it was me doing it alone."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 22, 2013
The NBPA's official Twitter account soon followed with a couple of congratulatory tweets of their own for CP3 and vice president Roger Mason Jr.:
Fisher had been operating as the association's president for a majority of the last seven seasons. A union committee unanimously agreed on a no-confidence vote for Fisher in April, but he resisted calls to step down.
Fisher tweeted following the announcement:
To all my @thenbpa family and brothers new and old on the board thank you for standing by me and by what was right.— DerekFisher (@derekfisher) August 22, 2013
Fisher wasn't the only person to chime in, as current Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry added:
NBA legends Magic Johnson and Kenny Smith also shared their thoughts on the move:
Congrats to my good friend @CP3 on being elected as President of the NBPA!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 22, 2013
@cp3 running the players association!! Congrats good choice— Kenny Smith (@TheJetOnTNT) August 22, 2013
ESPN analyst and NBA Countdown co-host Bill Simmons provided his own insight:
I like the CP3 choice - he's a natural leader and he's smart as hell. But it will take years (plural) to repair the Hunter/Fisher damage.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 22, 2013
Paul joins a prestigious list of former players to hold the position which includes Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas, but he is the first big name to be elected since Patrick Ewing's term ended in 2001. Paul previously served as vice president on the executive committee the past four years.
What do you think of the players' choice of Paul as union president?
CP3 will be charged with getting the players' union to move in the right direction after two years of turmoil that included an extended lockout in 2011 and the unanimous dismissal of former executive director Billy Hunter.
NBA players apparently believe that the 28-year-old is the right man to transition the union into a new era of success and stability.
The players have spoken—Chris Paul is their choice.