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Reports: James won't run for NBPA president

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LeBron James, after weighing a run for president of the National Basketball Players Association, decided against making a bid for the job, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The union is looking for a new president after Derek Fisher's term ended this summer. The NBPA is also attempting to overcome a recent scandal involving the alleged misuse of union funds by then-executive director Billy Hunter.

ESPN.com reported that James may back his Miami Heat teammate, NBPA secretary-treasurer James Jones, for the presidency.

According to USA Today Sports, NBPA executive committee vice president Roger Mason Jr., who played last season with the New Orleans Hornets, is a leading candidate to win the top job.

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

However, the superstar added that he was unsure if the time commitment required by the job would be too great.

A new president is expected to be elected next week at the NBPA meeting in Las Vegas.

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