Thunder’s Chris Paul reacts to Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak
Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Chris Paul has sent his message of support to the coronavirus-stricken Miami Marlins. The Marlins, who were just in Philadelphia for their season-opening series against the Phillies, are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and had to postpone their home opener.
Paul offered up his quick reaction to the news:
Chris Paul on the COVID outbreak with the Marlins in the MLB: “Man it’s tough. This is the first I’ve heard of that. I don’t know. I wish them the best and hope everybody is safe and healthy.”
Says there are people in the NBA who are working nonstop to keep them safe.
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) July 27, 2020
Chris Paul has commended the many people in the NBA for their hard work and dedication in keeping the league intact and secured. The NBA has had early success mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in the Disney World bubble, but there’s still a long way to go. The seeding games haven’t even started yet.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is already dealing with an outbreak after just a few days of the regular season. 11 out of the 33 players traveling with the Marlins’ party have tested positive for COVID-19. The Marlins released an official statement:
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 27, 2020
MLB postponed the upcoming games of the Marlins and Phillies (Marlins-Orioles at Marlins Park and Phillies-Yankees at Citizens Bank Park) while the league conducts further testing:
Statement from MLB pic.twitter.com/nP1xvOe8hU
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2020
Unlike Chris Paul’s situation in the NBA bubble, MLB is allowing its teams to play in their home ballparks, with teams traveling to different cities. While they have closed their games to the fans, this MLB move is still risky given the challenges presented by the coronavirus.
Aside from the mentioned games above, MLB will continue on. Owners have no plans to cancel the season at this time.
It will be interesting to see what happens if the NBA has to deal with an outbreak of this magnitude. Chris Paul is the head of the National Basketball Players Association, so he would have a big say in the matter. The league is hoping it doesn’t ever come to this.