On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul was elected president of the National Basketball Player’s Association, which should put some of those clerical skills as insurance agent Cliff Paul to work.
Although the NBPA is still without an executive director, bringing in Paul to the presidency is viewed by many as a boon, with Paul perceived as having the intelligence and star power within the NBA to really get things done. Likewise, it doesn’t hurt that he gets to follow up the much-maligned Derek Fischer.
In any case, it appears that Paul already has some big plans, according to TMZ. The gossip outlet reports that, less than two days after being elected, Paul is already consolidating his power to take on the league on a number of issues.
Among the issues Paul wants to address are heading off any talk of HGH testing and fighting any league proposal, eliminating flopping fines and banning any more changes to the league’s dress code for players. NBA sources tell TMZ Paul was elected because players feel he has the bravery necessary to go head-to-head with the NBA, so it’ll be interesting to see what Paul can accomplish.
However, it does seem a bit awkward that the players seem so opposed to additional PED testing. While baseball has dealt with its PED issues head on, even football recently made some moves to begin HGH testing in the near future.
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