Meet Michele Roberts: The First Woman to Lead the National Basketball Players Association.
Washington, D.C. attorney Michele Roberts was named as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Roberts is the first woman to head up a major North American Sports Union under this appointment.
Previous executive director Billy Hunter was ousted by the players for a series of alleged misappropriations shortly after the players and league agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Roberts was elected by 32 of the 36 player representatives, making her a barrier-breaker and also a neophyte in what has been a contentious relationship over the past several years. The NBA has sustained two major work stoppages over the past 16 years, including a 66-game lockout-marred season in 2011-12.
Roberts officially begins Sept. 15 and said she will meet with players over the next several weeks.