Is Chris Paul Making The Right Decision By Becoming President Of The National Basketball Players Association?
Chris Paul made a surprising decision on Wednesday afternoon. Seemingly out of nowhere, Paul—who has maintained a pretty active role with the National Basketball Players Association in recent years—announced that he was interested in becoming the next president of the NBPA. And his fellow players elected him to the position almost immediately, which means he will replace Derek Fisher as the president of the NBPA during the upcoming NBA season. It’s a huge role for Paul but one that he seems equipped to handle.
“It was something I saw as a challenge,” he said during a conference call on Wednesday, “something I knew I’d be able to handle. It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a lot of responsibility comes with this position.”
You can say that again. And that responsibility begs the question: Is Chris Paul really ready for his new job? The truth is that being the president of the NBPA is going to make Paul feel like he has two full-time jobs. He’s going to have to focus on practicing and playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and focus on keeping the best interests of the NBA players in mind during NBPA discussions. He’s going to have a lot on his plate, and there’s definitely going to be a period of time during the season where he’s going to feel overwhelmed. So while we respect him for trying to do what’s best for the NBA players as a whole, we fear that he might struggle during his first year as NBPA president.
That shouldn’t stop him from giving it a try, though. LeBron James thought about accepting the same position earlier this month before ultimately deciding against it because of the time commitments attached to it. And that’s definitely something that Paul considered, too. But it’s not like he has to serve as president forever. At the very least, he should give it a try for a year and see if he’s able to handle the workload associated with it. If he is, we think that Paul is the perfect guy to get things done as president of the NBPA. And if not—or if his role as president of the NBPA starts to affect his play on the basketball court—then he can resign. But it won’t hurt to try it out and see how he does. It’ll be a challenge, but we think Paul is up for it.