Michele Roberts Named Executive Director of NBPA: Latest Reports and Reaction

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 29, 2014

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The NBA Players Association has elected Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts to succeed Billy Hunter as executive director. The league and Players Association announced the news Tuesday:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski noted the final voting numbers, which came from NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives:

While that is certainly an overwhelming majority on the surface, it still may not represent the preferred option of all players around the league. USA Today's Sam Amick noted the voting process was not easy:

Roberts, an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the first woman to lead a players union in any of the four major North American sports leagues.

One of the final candidates she was able to beat out was Dallas Mavericks President and Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery. CBS Sports' Ken Berger noted a peculiar detail that worked against him, however: 

As Wojnarowski reported, Roberts had the approval of NBPA President Chris Paul

Al Harrington, currently a free agent, also seemed to be ecstatic about the hire:

Roberts' resume is not short on accomplishments:

Her practice focuses on complex civil and white collar criminal litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings. Ms. Roberts has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdicts, representing clients in a wide variety of areas, including products liability, white collar, racketeering, securities regulation violations, Title VII issues and premises liability.

Jeff Berman put it simply, applauding the decision by the Players Association: 

After 17 months following the ousting of Hunter, the NBPA finally has a leader and can get back to tackling the issues surrounding the league.