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Thunder’s Chris Paul stresses safety to players antsy for NBA play to resume

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, who is also the players’ association president, reiterated that safety is their main priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul knows that every single NBA player is itching to get back onto the court. But the Thunder star noted that the league’s priority is the safety of its players and the general public.

“The biggest thing is as much as we all miss the game and as bad as we all want to play, our biggest message has been safety. Not only for our players and league but everyone as a whole. Stay home.”

In line with this message, the NBA has organized various programs to keep basketball diehards entertained. An NBA 2k tournament was held where Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns was crowned champion.

Apart from the video game tourney, a HORSE competition is also being held featuring NBA and WNBA players — both active and retired. The Thunder veteran himself participated in the tourney but was eliminated by Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.

In addition, Paul, as well as other players, have not stopped granting media interviews. To keep fans delighted, they’ve been sharing some behind-the-curtain stories, as well as some of their insights in and off the court.

Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league won’t begin to deliberate a potential return until May 1. There have been various rumors which reveal that the league has been scouting locations for closed-door games to be held. Others, meanwhile, believe that the 2019-20 season will be canceled.