History was made last week with the hiring of Michele Roberts as head of the NBPA, writes Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Roberts is the first woman to be named the head of a professional sports union, and she will strive to rectify the apathy and disinterest that plagued the union during the final years of former chief Billy Hunter‘s reign, writes Washburn.
Here’s more from around the league:
- The Sixers would rather be good than be liked, writes Bob Ford of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia’s alleged tanking in order to rebuild their roster through the draft hasn’t garnered them many fans around the league, notes Ford. Their strategy has also prompted discussions to revise the draft lottery process, as well as angered teams who received less via revenue sharing thanks to the attendance dropoff the losing has caused.
- Free agent Ray Allen would be content with retiring this summer, writes Don Amore of the Hartford Courant. Allen said, “My family is very important in making the decision. Right now, there is nothing that I need to do. If I ultimately decide this will be it for me, I’m content with that.” Allen isn’t hurrying his decision, saying, “I’m not in any rush. I’ve played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I’m content with everything that I’ve done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes.”
- Selecting players in the NBA Draft is always a gamble. Every year there are players who are steals, and selections that don’t pan out. Jay Yeomans of the Deseret News looks back at the 2010 draft, and where each player should have been taken given their performance in the league thus far.