Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been elected as a vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. He replaces Pau Gasol, whose three-year term expired, on the union's executive committee.
"This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA," Irving said in a statement. "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."
Irving is one of six vice presidents on the NBPA's executive committee, joining Bismack Biyombo, Malcom Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, C.J. McCollum and Garrett Temple. Chris Paul is the president, while Andre Iguodala is first vice president and Anthony Tolliver is secretary-treasurer.