Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is the new vice president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). He became the vice president after Pau Gasol ended his three-year tenure.
“This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA,” Irving said as per an NBPA press release. “I have been an observer and a participant in union affairs for a while. But for the most part, I was off on the sidelines, supporting our Executive Committee as they made important decisions.
“At this point in my career, I wanted to join forces with those guys and take a bigger role outside of the basketball court and within our union. I want to help move the union forward with innovative ideas, not only on social issues but also with business ventures into a new space.”
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Kyrie Irving to work with Chris Paul & Andre Iguodala
Irving joined former Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, who is the president of NBPA. His other colleagues include Andre Iguodala (First Vice President), Anthony Tolliver (Secretary-Treasurer), Bismack Biyombo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, CJ McCollum and Garrett Temple (Vice Presidents).
“Pau brought an invaluable perspective to the Executive Committee as both an international player and a highly respected league veteran,” Chris Paul said of former vice president Paul Gasol. “In the last three years, the NBPA has greatly expanded our resources for international players. I believe that is a direct effect of Pau. We are grateful to him for his service. We are thrilled to have Kyrie join us as the newest Vice President. Having a player of his caliber coupled with his off the court business acumen will help us to continue to strengthen the union as a whole and empower our individual voices as players.”