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'Be as selfless as possible:' Thunder's Chris Paul shares uplifting message

The Thunder was scheduled to face the Nuggets on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but basketball and much of life has been put on hold since the middle of last week. 

Thunder point guard Chris Paul, home instead of on the court, posted an uplifting message Friday on Instagram. 

It was the first time Paul has publicly spoken since the Thunder-Jazz game was postponed and the NBA season suspended last Wednesday after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. 


"I know everybody's trying to make sense of life right now with the situation and the circumstances that we have going on," Paul said. "I'm not here to try to tell anybody how to live their life. Just wanted to give some type of hope or encouragement for those that are having a hard time. It's a great opportunity for us all to step up and lead our families. The best thing that we all can do right now is try to be as selfless as possible. I think a lot of times we're all like, 'Man, I hope that I'm OK. I hope that I'm good.' But this is a time where we've gotta make sure that we're all OK and make sure that we're all listening to our health officials and our communities and make sure that we're trying to stay home as much as possible. It's not just about each individual, it's about all of us as a whole. I know it's a lot easier said than done but please just keep others in mind. 

"And I wanna give a huge shoutout to the medical experts and the doctors who are day in and day out giving themselves up from their families to make sure that we're all OK. And know that that stuff does not go unseen. A huge shout-out also to all those teachers out there. It's been a lot of mornings here now trying to fulfill that role with my kids and just using this time as an opportunity to connect and reconnect. I think it gives us a lot of perspective as we're all here spending a lot more time doing things that we may have not done because we're usually all so busy on the go. So take this time to call some of your friends or your family and let them know how much you love them and how much you care about them. 

"Follow your guidelines in your particular areas and I hope this thing goes smoothly for everyone. Much love from me and my family." 

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Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,  Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) reacts after a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Lavae Downey shops for vegetables at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-207c79c48101ebf9a35be785df4f053b.jpg" alt="Photo - Customer Tommy Hinson shops for items at the Homeland grocery store located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0ee1f52e1046e24216e29b4d6d7ec52b.jpg" alt="Photo - A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A crew member pushes shopping carts in from the parking lot at the Homeland grocery store located at 11241 W. Reno Ave. in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Homeland has dedicated the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have medical conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19. [Chris Landsberger/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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