James was thought to be interested in the position as recently as a week ago. The union voted unanimously to cut ties with executive director Billy Hunter earlier this year after a review of the union’s business practices revealed a number of questionable practices.
“I just think the union is going backwards, and it’s not in a good place right now,” James said this past weekend. “I think my voice could be huge in that situation.”
“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.”
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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.