The NBA players union has been rudderless for months, slowing down the business end of basketball.
Roger Mason Jr. says he's the man with a plan.
The former Wizard and D.C. area native announced via Twitter that is running for president of the National Basketball Players Association.
He spoke with USA Today later in the day, presenting his 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.
Mason, who turns 33 in September, would replace veteran NBA guard Derek Fisher. The union also must replace exiled executive director Billy Hunter.
LeBron James recently spoke about running for this job, before quickly ending such thoughts. The NBPA president role is time consuming and clearly James is busy on and off the court. Mason, who played for the Hornets last season, anticipates latching on with a team before training camp.
The perimeter shooter had two stints with the Wizards, most recently during the dysfunctional 2011-12 season. The losses piled up on a nightly basis that campaign, as did the chaos with the overall immature roster. Whether the former Good Counsel and University of Virginia star played a significant role for the Wizards in that night's game or not, Mason served as a rationale, go-to quote for media members, a role model for those in the locker room looking for one.
If he could keep his wits about him with that crew, the players association should be a breeze.