By Mary Pilon
June 27, 2018

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In May, when the National Basketball Players Association announced Dr.
William D. Parham as its first-ever director of mental health and wellness,
it came as a surprise to some and an inevitability to others.

The NBA is by many accounts the most progressive professional sports league.
It makes sense that its players would be the first in professional sports to
create such a position, specifically focused on athlete wellness and mental
health.