Kyrie Irving of Nets was elected vice president of the players' union

<pre><pre>Kyrie Irving of Nets was elected vice president of the players' union

Kyrie Irving is now not just the leader of the networks. He also takes a leadership role in the NBA after being elected vice president of the players' union.

The NBPA announced on Monday that Irving had been elected vice president of the union's executive committee. The three-year term of the Nets star begins immediately and gives the nine-member committee a strong Brooklyn character, of which Garrett Temple is already a member.

Temple and Irving are among six vice presidents. Temple's term ends in June while Irving will negotiate the league's next collective agreement.

"This was the right time for me to apply for a leadership position in the NBPA," said 27-year-old Irving in a union statement. “I was an observer and participant in union affairs for a while, but for the most part I was on the sidelines and assisted our Executive Committee in making important decisions. At this point in my career, I wanted to team up with these people and play a bigger role outside of the basketball court and within our union.

“I want to help advance the union with innovative ideas, not just on social issues, but also in doing business in a new space. It is an honor for me to be chosen by my colleagues and I can't wait to work with everyone to make a difference. "

Irving may have grown tired of being marginalized for the NBPA, but must be fed up of being marginalized for Brooklyn as well.

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