The NBA has witnessed an increase in the power of players in many matters on and off the court. For example, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has been more active than ever in protecting players’ rights and talent and amplifying their voices. Many players have tried to use their influence to make changes in the league. For example, LeBron James and Steph Curry are two superstars who have a lot of power. Rich Paul, a longtime NBA agent, talks about how power comes primarily from the way a player performs.
Paul recently joined JJ Reddick’s podcast to discuss an effective way to achieve greater player empowerment. Here are his thoughts:
“From a player’s perspective, it all starts with your approach. It’s your approach, your game and your professionalism. That equals player power.”, Rich Paul said about the NBA via OldManAndThree.
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Paul believes that owners will respect and enhance a player’s power when they follow this kind of behavior. It is not the amount of money a player earns that grants them power, but rather his professional conduct. The podcast cites two players who can “move the needle and have an impact on things.”
LeBron James is a player who has a major impact on league decisions. One of James’ recent efforts is to encourage the league to have a team in Las Vegas. James is one of the best players to ever play in the NBA, but there is no question that he has a professional approach to the game and others involved in the association.
Steph Curry can be seen in the same light. He has helped revolutionize basketball, but his commitment to his craft and conduct is outstanding. Sure, there are some moments of frustration that these superstars display on the court, but overall they are great brand ambassadors.
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