LeBron James said over the weekend that he was mulling over running for president of the National Basketball Players Association because he believes the union is "not in a good place," but he eventually decided against it. James drew some heat from current executive committee member Jerry Stackhouse in the whole ordeal, though, according to a report from CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
Stackhouse has been in the NBA for 18 seasons and apparently knows exactly who he'd like to see take over the top spot in the Players' Association ... and it isn't a player like James.
"He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved," Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business. To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed."
Stackhouse also mentioned that current union vice president Chris Paul likely isn't an option to move up in the NBPA because it's "unrealistic" to expect a superstar to take on such a demanding job with the other on- and off-court things they have to deal with throughout the season.
The last three NBPA presidents have been Derek Fisher, Antonio Davis and Michael Curry -- all of who were respected, but certainly not considered superstars during their day. There have been some big names in the union's top spot, though, as Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, Alex English, Bob Lanier, Oscar Robertson, Tommy Heinsohn and Bob Cousy have all held the top spot since it was founded in 1954.