Because players always find it difficult to locate places to hang out and things to do in Manhattan….
The National Basketball Players Association — the NBPA, commonly called the players’ union — had been headquartered in Harlem for many years but recently started working on a move to a larger, better-equipped space in midtown Manhattan.
Better equipped as in players’ union’s nearly-completed new New York home is a lot nicer than your apartment. Let Jared Zwerling lay it out in a story on the union Web site about the NBA rookies getting a tour of the facility as part of the Rookie Transition Program.
Around 80 players visited the new office in midtown Manhattan, which covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. It’s the only location in Manhattan that resembles an NBA training center.
The rookies got a tour of the gym, locker room, soon-to-be-completed basketball court and hydroworks area (hot/cold tub and underwater treadmill). They also checked out the players’ lounge (with pool and ping-pong) and multiple business rooms (technologically-equipped) where they can conduct meetings to advance their careers on and off the court.
These new facilities likely could see a lot of use in the off-season, when guys are often looking for spots with good run against other NBA level players. There are places in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other gyms around the nation where these games are regular occurrences, this facility could join the list.
By the way, as part of that program the rookies also met with union president Chris Paul and executive director Michelle Roberts.
The union and NBA owners are currently still talking about restructuring the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which would impact these players as they move through their NBA careers (but could dramatically impact next summer’s crop of rookies if a new deal is in place).