Calling LeBron James "misinformed" about the state of the National Basketball Players Association executive committee member Jerry Stackhouse told CBSSports.com on Monday that the union "is in a good place" and "moving in the right direction."

"He's the best player in the game right now and we want the entire league to be involved" Stackhouse said in a phone interview while in New York on union and other business. "But he needs to be informed in speaking on our union business."

James who has decided not to follow through on a contemplated run for NBPA president said in an ESPN interview this week that the union was "going backwards" and added "My voice could be huge in that situation."

Stackhouse one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February -- when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted -- said James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach."

"I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break but it is what it is" Stackhouse said. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now he was misinformed."

Stackhouse 38 an 18-year veteran who does not have a contract for next season said he does not plan to run for president when the NBPA convenes Aug. 21 in Las Vegas for its summer meeting. The union's first summer meeting since Hunter was ousted over concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest also will include the announcement of the executive committee's selection of a search firm to find Hunter's replacement Stackhouse said.

James is one of many players who will not be attending the crucial meeting due to other offseason obligations. Since the executive committee sent a memo to the union membership about the timing of the meeting to elect a new president and discuss how Hunter's successor will be chosen numerous players have scheduled conflicting informal team workouts and won't be able to attend.