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LeBron as union boss? He's considering run

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LeBron James believes the National Basketball Players' Association is in need of help and he just might be the person to provide an assist.

Telling ESPN that the NBPA is "not in a good place right now," James hinted Saturday that he might run for president of the union.

| "I just think the union is going backwards and it's not in a good place right now," James said in an interview with ESPN in Akron, Ohio, his hometown. "I think my voice could be huge in that situation."

The union presidency is vacant after Derek Fisher's term ended this summer. The union also has experienced upheaval since the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement and then following a scandal over use of union funds by executive director Billy Hunter.

If he were to take the leadership role, James would be the highest profile player to hold the post since Patrick Ewing in the 1990s. But the problem for the Miami Heat superstar is finding the time.

"It's something I'm going to think about with my team and go from there," James said. "But I think we all can agree there's been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it's not me in that seat, then I hope it's someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job."

The union holds its summer meeting later this month in Las Vegas.

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