OKC Thunder: Chris Paul directs postgame interview toward Breonna Taylor, social injustices
Chris Paul said it was cool to be back on the court Friday afternoon. Paul played 18 minutes in a scrimmage against the Celtics, his first game inside the bubble he helped envision as president of the National Basketball Players Association.
"To get a chance to get out here and play was good and well," Paul said.
But the Thunder point guard, as many players have done since arriving in Orlando, redirected his interview away from basketball and toward a more important conversation.
"You guys are going to keep hearing it time and time from players, but the moments that we're out there on the court, that's unbelievable for us, but we're gonna keep talking about the subject at hand, and that's the social injustices, and Breonna Taylor and Daniel Cameron ... We're gonna keep it on everybody's minds."
Paul and Lakers star LeBron James have both mentioned Cameron, Kentucky's attorney general, by name. NBA players and protesters nationwide have called on Cameron to charge the three Louisville police officers responsible for Taylor's death.
Officers shot and killed Taylor, 26, in her apartment March 13 while serving a search warrant.
"I think you guys heard 'Bron say it yesterday, that it's not just about putting it on the court, it's a lifestyle," Paul said of Black Lives Matter. "You live it day in and day out, and I just want to say how much I commend our players for the fight."
Paul was asked how willing he thinks people are to hear the players' social justice messages.
"I don't think it's a matter of people being willing," Paul said. "I think it's just about us just being forceful about it. I think that's the power that we show as players, making sure that everyone hears our voice."