Watson elected Pacers NBPA representative
Every NBA team has one player representative and one alternative for the National Basketball Players Association. The NBPA, established in 1954, is the union for current players in the league. Its mission is “to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court,” according their website.
Pacers guard C.J. Watson has been voted by the team as the Pacers’ representative and second-year player Orlando Johnson as the alternate.
“Knowing about the players union, the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), and trying to keep guys abreast of what’s happening with our league and that it’s going in the right direction,” Watson said of the responsibilities. It is his first time being a representative, so he’s still figuring out what all the job entails.
It is the job of player reps to stay up-to-date on player issues, relay the information to everyone in the locker room and pass a player issue back to the NBPA, which simply advocates on behalf of the best interest of all NBA players.
The NBPA executive committee is made up of nine players — Chris Paul (President), Roger Mason Jr. (First Vice President), James Jones (Secretary-Treasurer), and six vice presidents.