Rookies may be able to join National Retired Players Association


dwight-davisFormer NBA forward, member of NBRPA Board of Directors, Dwight Davis recently spoke about the future of the organization, and how he sees its development.

“In the very near future I see the NBRPA having opportunities and resources that were once thought to be unthinkable,” Davis said in a recent interview with Legends of Basketball.

“I envision every rookie who signs a contract for more than three years automatically becoming a member of the NBRPA, which will result in more revenues to create beneficial programming and greater awareness of the benefits of the NBRPA by current players,” he said.

He said he sees the NBRPA’s strong relationship with the NBA becoming even stronger, with the NBA taking on a greater role in marketing the members of the NBRPA.

“I envision the NBPA working closer with the NBRPA and looking for former players to mentor current players as they ply their skills as an NBA player and look to the future toward life after the game,” Davis noted.

He also said that he sees the NBPA and NBRPA players doing clinics together all over the world, spreading the NBA brand and getting paid for their participation.

“I can envision fully paid healthcare for all NBRPA members into retirement,” Davis said.

Finally, I can envision every retiring player facing transition out of basketball having a truly supportive, extremely organized and well funded former players association to help with that most important switch from sports hero to ‘civilian life’,” he noted.

Dwight Davis is a community activist, motivational speaker and a businessman in life after basketball — joined the NBRPA Board of Directors in 2014.

Davis starred at the University of Houston from 1969-72 and was inducted into his alma mater’s ”Hall of Honor” in 2006. He still holds many records for his rebounding, blocked shots and scoring at UofH. Davis has a BS degree from Houston and is a member of the Bauer Business School Circle of Honor where he has a scholarship endowment for athletes working towards a degree in business.

After his college career, Davis was selected as the third overall pick of 1972 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6-8 forward played for 5 seasons in the NBA, three with Cleveland Cavaliers and two with Golden State Warriors. He played in total of 340 NBA games, averaging 8.6 ppg in 23.6 mpg. He was voted to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1972. Nicknamed “Double D,” Davis suffered a career ending injury in 1977.

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