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Thunder’s Chris Paul speaks out on proposed NBA changes

Chris Paul, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul spoke to Chris Sheridan of Forbes ahead of his meeting with the National Basketball Players Association officials to discuss proposed changes to the NBA schedule, playoff format, among others.

Proposed changes include trimming the 82-game regular season to 78 or 79, the reseeding the four conference finalists, and a midseason tournament, among others. Paul, the players’ union president since 2013, appears to be keeping an open mind.

“That’s the thing about our league, we’re at least brainstorming and trying to find a way to make it entertaining

“But at the end of the day, it’s still entertainment,” Paul said.

The main concern among fans and players is that all-time records will get undermined if the regular season is shortened. Chris Paul, who is among the top leaders in assists and steals, pointed out that not all players have played 82 games. He also noted that that the entire league and the union will have the task of figuring it out.

“But they haven’t always played 82 games, either, and everything is a conversation. Nothing has been finalized” Paul said. “Luckily there are a lot of people who have been in the business, and hopefully the right decisions are made.

“Nothing is set in stone, and we’ll figure it out,” Paul said. “Personally, this isn’t my company. We’re a league and a union, and we’re going to figure it out.”

The NBA’s Board of Governors is expected to vote on the changes in April. The players’ approval, too, is needed before the changes are rolled out.