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Thunder: Adam Silver consulted Chris Paul on day of Kobe Bryant's death

NBA commissioner Adam Silver consulted Chris Paul in the hours after Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, Silver said Saturday. 

There were eight games scheduled on Sunday, Jan. 26 — the day of the crash. 

Silver talked with Paul, president of the Players Association, about whether the Sunday games should be canceled. 

“We both agreed that, if anything, (there was) a sense that the people wanted to come together and be with each other," Silver said. 

The Lakers’ home game against the Clippers that Tuesday was postponed. All other games were played as scheduled. 

Paul was not with the Thunder when it faced the Mavericks the day after Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed in the crash in Calabasas, California. 

It was the only game Paul has missed this season. 

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Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a play during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a play during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6ccef5eca75de8d761d731b79f2d4433.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a play during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a play during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a play during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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