Kyrie Irving Elected Vice President Of NBPA Executive Committee

Nets Star Replaces Pau Gasol

Alec Gearty
February 17, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has been elected as the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the union announced on Monday. 

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Irving will succeed NBA big man Pau Gasol, who served in the position since 2017. Gasol had reached the end of his three-year term limit. The 27-year-old said Gasol's exit was "the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA."

"I have been an observer and a participant in union affairs for a while," Irving said in a statement. "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."

Irving's term will begin this season before it concludes in 2023. 

According to the NBPA's website, Irving's duties as an Executive Committee member include "directing NBPA affairs and the policy-making decisions necessary to carrying out the NBPA’s work" and "reviewing and voting on all matters requiring player approval between meetings of the Board of Player Representatives."

"Obviously it's been a a heck of a journey these last 20 days," Irving said in a video released by the union. "with a mentor of mine passing so a lot of things were put into perspective that kinda got the ball rolling during all of this. ... I can’t wait to get to know everybody more and be an influential person in our union."

Rockets star Chris Paul currently serves as the board's President. Irving is one of six players to take on the vice president role this season. DeAndre Jordan was listed as the Nets' alternate representative behind Irving. 

Irving has appeared in 20 games since he signed with Brooklyn last offseason. He leads the Nets with 27.4 points per game as he's deals with a nagging knee injury. At 25-28, the Nets are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.