Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is looking to get more involved in helping the players association. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Nets guard Kyrie Irving was elected to the executive committee of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), replacing Pau Gasol as one of the union’s vice presidents, per an official press release. Gasol’s three-year term as VP expired.

“This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA,” Irving said in a statement. “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. I am honored to be elected by my peers and I cannot wait to work with everybody to make an impact.”

Irving joins an executive committee led by union president Chris Paul and first vice president Andre Iguodala. The Nets star will be one of six NBPA VPs, along with Bismack Biyombo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, CJ McCollum and teammate Garrett Temple.

Irving, who has missed Brooklyn’s last five games with a knee injury, is believed to be nearing a return, though the team has yet to announce whether or not that will happen Thursday in Philadelphia.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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