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After talking with advisors and fellow players, LeBron James has decided not to run for president of the National Basketball Players' Association, sources told ESPN.com.
James told ESPN last week he was considering running for the position, which came open this summer when Derek Fisher's term expired. According to a source, James may instead support the possible candidacy of Miami Heat teammate James Jones, who is currently the treasurer of the union.
USA Today first reported James would not seek the position.
The union, which is holding its summer meeting in Las Vegas next week, is currently in flux with no executive director and no president. Fisher and former head Billy Hunter are involved in a legal battle over Hunter's firing for misuse of union money.
"I just the think the union is going backwards and it's not in a good place right now," James said last week. "I think my voice could be huge in that situation. But I'm not sure I have the time to do it but it's something I'm going to think about with my team and go from there. But I think we all can agree there's been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it's not me in that seat then I hope it's someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job."Jerry Stackhouse, an executive member of the players' union, disagreed with James' assessment on Monday. "He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved," Stackhouse said in a report by CBSSports.com. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business."
James has gotten more involved in union business over the last two years. He attended some bargaining sessions during the 2011 lockout and then spoke up at a meeting over All-Star Weekend last season when Hunter's fate was decided."I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is," Stackhouse told CBSSports. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed."