The NBA Player’s Association will convene in Las Vegas to vote for a new president on Wednesday. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, swingman Roger Mason, Jr. of the New Orleans Pelicans is the favorite.
Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today says Mason has an excellent case:
- Experience – he’s been involved with NBPA for 10 years, most recently as a vice president on the executive committee.
- Political ties – Mason said he is just as comfortable talking to NBA Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, who takes over for Stern on Feb. 1., as he is with stars such as LeBron James as he is with role players and bench warmers.
Zillgitt also points out Mason is “expected to receive support first vice president Jerry Stackhouse, secretary-treasurer James Jones and vice presidents Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, Stephen Curry and Matt Bonner.”
Mason, a product of the University of Virginia, was selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2002 draft by the Chicago Bulls. He has played for the Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and most recently the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans.
Over his career, Mason has averaged 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.