Billy Hunter has been voted out as executive director of the NBA players union.

''This is our union and we have taken it back,'' players' association president Derek Fisher said.

LeBron James and Jerry Stackhouse were especially vocal during the meeting.

Hunter's attorneys said their client was told he wouldn't be welcomed. They said his contract was legal and indicated there could be a lawsuit if the players removed him and attempted to withhold the more than $10 million that remains on his salary.

''We do not doubt that this process will possibly continue in an ugly way,'' said Fisher,