REPORT: CJ McCollum becomes Chris Paul’s successor in crucial role
After six years as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, Chris Paul has decided to step down from his post. Taking his place is Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum, who himself has just been elected as the new NBPA President.
This report comes via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been elected the next president of the NBA Players Association, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 7, 2021
Paul was eligible to run for a third term, but at this point, he decided that now was the right time to pass the baton to an able successor. CP3 had a very successful run as the NBPA President. He played a key role in negotiating the return of the NBA in the Florida Bubble last season following an unprecedented global pandemic. The Phoenix Suns point guard was also front and center throughout the league’s efforts against systemic racism in America.
McCollum himself is not new to the intricacies of the NBPA. In March, the 29-year-old was elected as the Vice President of the NBPA. He is one of, if not the most qualified individual to succeed Chris Paul, and it has now been made official. NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts had this to say about McCollum’s appointment:
“Having CJ and Garrett [Temple] back for another 3 years is exciting – they have been invaluable, particularly during these most recent trying times,” said Roberts, via Dylan Mickanen of NBC Sports.
CJ McCollum will immediately assume the post as NBPA President. His term will last for three years, and by then, he will be eligible to run for a second term.