Billy Hunter was ousted from his job as executive director of the union in a unanimous vote by NBA players who said Saturday they will “no longer be divided, misled, misinformed.”
“This is our union and we have taken it back,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.
Fisher said it was a day of change for the union, which has seemed inevitable since a review of the union last month was critical of Hunter’s leadership and urged players to consider whether they wanted to keep him.
“We want to make it clear that we are here to serve only the best interests of the players,” Fisher said. “No threats, no lies, no distractions will stop us from serving our memberships.”
Hunter said in a statement that he hadn’t received word of his dismissal and blasted the interim executive committee for the process it followed, saying “certain individuals made sure the outcome was pre-ordained.”
In brief remarks, Fisher said a new executive committee was elected and he will remain as president.
STERN QUIET: NBA Commissioner David Stern took numerous questions but provided little news about the future of the Sacramento Kings.
A Seattle group has reached an agreement to buy the team from the Maloof family with the goal of moving it to the Northwest, and Sacramento’s mayor is trying to keep the Kings in California’s capital.
Stern says owners will continue to discuss the plans and will hear from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson with the goal of deciding at their April board meeting.
This is Stern’s last All-Star Game before retiring on Feb. 1, 2014. Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver says the 2015 event is likely going to either Madison Square Garden or the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
EX-BULLDOG SHINES: Travis Leslie, a former Georgia standout, scored 19 points to earn most valuable player honors, and the Prospects team got a 139-125 win over the Futures team in the D-League All-Star Game.