NBPA re-elects Roberts as executive director

Michele Roberts will remain executive director of the National Basketball Players Association after she was re-elected unanimously Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Her second four-year term is due to end just before the players and the NBA will have the right to opt out of the current collective-bargaining agreement by Dec. 15, 2022.

Roberts steadied the union after her predecessor, Billy Hunter, exited in a contentious manner.

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, the president of the NBPA, said, “When we started this journey four years ago — it doesn’t seem that long — we talked about as players about taking our union back.

“We went through a year and a half of a search trying to find the right fit and right person to lead our union, and she has been nothing short of amazing, with the staff, everyone that works at the union, with the players, with the full body of players and representing us and our thoughts. We just wanted to show her how much we appreciate her.”

Roberts, 62, said of her beginnings on the job, according to ESPN, “I understood and did not quibble with the reality that I had to create a system that allowed them to really believe that I and the team we assembled were going to be interested in one priority and one priority only, and that is the best interest of the players.

“I think we’ve done very well. It did not happen overnight. The players did not necessarily believe they could trust me or our team until we demonstrated that we were worthy of it and that we were as passionate about them having control of their union as they were. It’s been miraculously four years, but it doesn’t seem like it and doesn’t feel like it. But I do think that we’ve turned a corner.

“We’re not done, but we are at a place that I’m proud of the work that we do for the players.”

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