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Kyrie Irving elected Vice President of players union, giving Nets two members of union executive committee

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On Monday the NBPA announced that Kyrie Irving has been elected Vice President on the Executive Committee. Irving, who will replace Pau Gasol, has served as the Nets’ representative on the NBPA since the start of the 2019-20 season.

He will begin his 3-year term as Vice President starting immediately.

In a press release shared by the NBPA, Irving said:

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

And in a tweet, the NBPA welcomed him...

Irving joins teammate Garrett Temple, who also serves as Vice President on the executive committee.

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder serves as the President of the NBPA, with the entire executive committee consisting of:

These positions are voted on by the players during the 2020 NBPA winter meetings. Irving will serve on the executive committee during the next CBA negotiations, while Temple’s term comes up in June 2020.