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Chris Paul speaks for players: 'We want to play'

Chris Paul is adamant about getting back on the court. 

“Honestly, we want to play,” the Thunder point guard said Friday on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “Ah man, we want to play. We want to play bad, too. And I think that’s the consensus for the guys around the league … The biggest thing is we miss the game.” 


Paul was speaking on behalf of all players as president of the National Basketball Players Association. That role, which he’s served in since 2013, has given Paul a voice in return-to-play discussions. 

“Lot of hard conversations that have to be made,” Paul said. “A lot of hard decisions. But with the team around us, I think ultimately we’ll get to where we want to.” 

Paul couldn’t define what a safe return looks like without a vaccine. The coronavirus pandemic has paused the NBA since March 11. 

“I don’t have all the answers,” Paul said, “but I know people are working tirelessly trying to figure it out.” 

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Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4c5ef1cf4d5b4bc089c61bf1cc7fe9c6.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/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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