New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James has been elected the first vice president of the NBA Players Association.

James will serve under president Chris Paul, who has been lobbying for the four-time MVP to take a leadership position on the NBAPA's executive committee. A vote was held during Friday's union meeting in New York, and James, equally popular among his peers as he is nationally, was elected unanimously.

James has never held a formal position with the NBAPA, but he has been involved in previous negotiations, even sitting in on meetings with the league during the 2011 lockout.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBAPA doesn't expire until after the 2020-21 season, but both sides have the opportunity to opt out in the summer of 2017.