NBA players oust Hunter as union head

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HOUSTON -- Billy Hunter was ousted from his job as executive director of the union in a unanimous vote by NBA players who said Saturday they will "no longer be divided, misled, misinformed." "This is our union and we have taken it back," players' association president Derek Fisher said.

Change has seemed inevitable since a review of the union last month was critical of Hunter's leadership and urged players to consider whether they wanted to keep him.

"We want to make it clear that we are here to serve only the best interests of the players," Fisher said. "No threats, no lies, no distractions will stop us from serving our memberships."

Hunter said in a statement that he hadn't received word of his dismissal and blasted the interim executive committee for the process it followed, saying "certain individuals made sure the outcome was pre-ordained . . . I do not consider today's vote the end, only a different beginning," Hunter said.

Fisher said a new executive committee was elected and he will remain as president.

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