Unable to secure an invitation to address NBA players directly at All-Star Weekend in Houston, embattled union executive director Billy Hunter has released online his response to a report that criticized his leadership.

It's part of an offensive that Hunter and his representatives are launching over the coming days in an effort to save his job, USA Today reported.

“Many NBPA members have a vital interest in hearing from Mr. Hunter,” according to the online response to the investigation’s findings.

Hunter's lawyers say his 2010 contract extension was valid and the leave of absence he has been placed on is not. They say if ratification of his contract had been needed, it was president Derek Fisher's responsibility to get it, not Hunter's.

Hunter's contract was a central part of a highly critical independent report conducted by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and released last month. The report urged players to discuss Hunter's future this weekend and said they had "powerful arguments" that the contract wouldn't be legal if an attempt to remove Hunter led to litigation.

With his future as head of the union at stake, Hunter needs to convince players that the information detailed in the report is either not damaging enough to remove him from his position or he must prove that the information in the report is incorrect or misleading.

The report, based on the law firm’s review of financial records, interviews and emails, questioned Hunter’s leadership and union’s business dealings.