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Nets’ Kyrie Irving voted vice president of players’ union

Kyrie Irving isn’t just the Nets’ leader now. He’s also taking a leadership role in the NBA after being elected vice president of the players’ union.

The NBPA announced Monday that Irving had been elected vice president on the union’s executive committee. The Nets star’s three-year term starts immediately, and gives the nine-man committee a heavy Brooklyn flavor with Garrett Temple already a member.

Temple and Irving are among six vice presidents. Temple’s term ends in June while Irving will serve through the negotiations for the league’s next collective bargaining agreement.

“This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA,” the 27-year-old Irving said in a statement shared by the union. “I have been an observer and a participant in union affairs for a while, but for the most part, I was off on the sidelines, supporting our Executive Committee as they made important decisions. At this point in my career, I wanted to join forces with those guys and take a bigger role outside of the basketball court and within our union.

“I want to help move the union forward with innovative ideas, not only on social issues but also with business ventures into a new space. I am honored to be elected by my peers and I cannot wait to work with everybody to make an impact.”

Irving may have been tired of being on the sidelines for the NBPA, but he’s got to be sick of being on the sidelines for Brooklyn as well.

The New Jersey-bred star has missed 33 of the Nets’ 53 games in his homecoming season, including the last five with a sprained knee.