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Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:57 pm
 
Billy Hunter sounds ready to add Jeremy Lin to an NBPA position. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver   

Let's just cut to the chase and make him President of the United States.

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese-American global sensation, has attracted attention from all corners: endorsers, marketers, promoters, media members, you name it.

Add National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter to that mix.

Bloomberg.com reports that Hunter is planning to meet with Lin during the 2012 All-Star Weekend to discuss a potential role for Lin, who holds an economics degree from Harvard, with the NBPA.

“At the least he’d be the player representative for the Knicks,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “If not something higher.”

“First of all, it’s not every day that you get a kid from Harvard,” Hunter said. “He’s very bright.”

The NBPA's current president, Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, looks to be headed for retirement any year now, so a change at the very top will have to come sometime soon.

Fisher and Lin actually share a number of characteristics. Neither is a me-first guy, on or off the court. Both are effective, direct communicators who seem to favor consensus-building. Both are natural born leaders, comfortable with their teams under their control and confident with the game on the line. Both are polished, too.

The NBPA's executive board really is a thankless task that requires an inordinate amount of sacrifice. There's little glamour, but tons of responsibility. If things go well, there's no credit given because things were supposed to go well. If things go poorly, it's the board's fault. As we saw throughout 2011, coordinating a negotiating stance in this era of constant communication and social networks is a near impossible challenge. But we've learned over the last few weeks that Lin happens to excel at near impossible challenges.

A cynic might say that Hunter, who took months of flak for his handling of the last round of labor negotiations, is simply being opportunistic here and trying to get in on the Lin lovefest. That may be true. But a realist would counter that Hunter would be a fool not to reach out to Lin -- given his educational pedigree, leadership skills and personality -- immediately. It makes too much sense.
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beer is great
Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:20 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:32 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Give the new kid on the block a chance to play!



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:36 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Whoa...kill the motor, dude. I like Lin. I really do. I think he's great sports, period. But to call him "polished"? Exactly what does he mean by that?



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:47 am
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Let's just cut to the chase and make him our next President this year. Geesh! Media wags acting like idiots. Sorry but Billy Hunter is a despicable scum bucket.


yinklinking
Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:04 am
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Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:05 am
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

You guys are saying that labor unions don't come with there fair share of problems.  Should I start listing examples?  Beer is great, you are correct.   Labor unions are defunct.  I'm sure NBA players would all be paupers and treated like slaves being forced to play 3 games a day without their union.  richyriches, Clearly we dont know anything about labor issues or unions, please enlighten us on unions recent successes.  This union did a great job, from a fans perspective, right? 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:14 am
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

 Hey beer is great... why don't you stick to beer, because you clearly know very little about labour issues or unions. Maybe you were a few beers in when you posted, that would make sense. But seriously, stick to beer.



Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Wow, beer-is-great, spoken like a true uneducated, idiot. 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Why would Lin, or any sane person want any part of this hapless union.  Unions have ALWAYS been for greedy business agents looking to line their pockets, and moronic sheep that are too stupid to actually think for themselves.  The NPBA is almost as crooked as the Teamsters union, which is just about defunct.
Are you sure we're talking about the NBPA? It sounds like you have some personal issues. That being you don't think for yourself and just repeat what you heard on Fox News.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

you know, some commentators on tv said second time around the teams. playeers and coache  will watch take. some good defenders will make it their deal to stop him.  he will probably be good, maybe not as good. 


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