NBA: ‘We want to play, we miss the game’ — NBPA president Chris Paul

Published May 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Field Level Media-Reuters

With NBA games on hold for two months,  NBPA president Chris Paul said on an ESPN appearance on “The Jump” Friday that his peers are itching to return to the court.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in New York. The Thunder defeated the Nets 111-103 in overtime. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

“A lot of hard conversations that have to be made, a lot of hard decisions,” Paul said.

“But with the team around us, I think ultimately we’ll get to where we want to. Obviously we want to play. Oh man, we want to play. We want to play bad. And I think that’s a consensus for the guys around the league. We want it to be, obviously, as safe as possible. But the biggest thing is, we miss the game.”

Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) are in position to participate in the playoffs. There is some debate over how the postseason could play out if the NBA is unable to resume the regular season.

“I think it’s a combination of a lot of things,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, right now, no one expected this and knew that this was coming. So what is normal now? So I think that’s what we’re trying to figure out is what it looks like, and until we find those answers and we can come up with an actual plan, right now it’s basically sit and wait, so that the virus is in control.”

Paul and NBA commissioner Adam Silver co-hosted a conference call with players one week ago to discuss how to find answers to elusive health questions. Most of them cannot be addressed with certainty.

“I don’t have the answers,” Paul said. “I don’t have all the answers. But I know that people are working tirelessly, trying to figure it out.”