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Kevin Johnson to lead search for NBPA head

April 8, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson will lead a search committee to find a new executive director for the NBA Players Association, the union said Monday.

The union has been seeking a replacement for Billy Hunter since ousting him in February 2013. The NBPA said it hopes to have one in place by the start of next season.

Johnson, currently the mayor of Sacramento, California, will work with union president Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and acting executive director Ron Klempner to keep players and agents aware of the process.

Hunter was removed shortly after an independent review of the union was critical of a number of his business decisions and hiring practices. The search to replace him has dragged on, and executive committee members said after their meeting during February’s All-Star break that they had no timetable and no urgency to make a hire.

“I believe the NBPA can set the standard for player representation in all professional sports,” Johnson said. “Over the next few weeks I will be meeting with all of the player representatives and moving aggressively to build on the work that’s been done.”

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