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Kyrie Irving elected VP of NBPA, replacing Pau Gasol

Kyrie Irving, Nets, Pau Gasol

Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was elected a Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at Monday’s annual winter meeting of the Board of NBPA Player Representatives.

Irving will replace Pau Gasol, who has served on the Executive Committee since February 2017:

“This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA,” Irving said, via NBA.com.

“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.”

In addition to Chris Paul (President), the other members of the Executive Committee include Andre Iguodala (First Vice President), Anthony Tolliver (Secretary-Treasurer), Bismack Biyombo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, CJ McCollum and Garrett Temple (Vice Presidents).

Irving is in his first season with the Nets. Uncle Drew has appeared in 20 games this season and is averaging 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 92.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Kyrie Irving is currently out with a knee injury. It’s unknown when he’ll return to the Nets’ lineup.