Chris Paul, Thunder teammates take in Lakers-Clippers game
Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort and Darius Bazley had courtside seats, or the closest thing to them, for the Lakers-Clippers game on opening night of the NBA restart.
They sat in socially distanced folding chairs in a crowd that included Trail Blazers Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony. In addition to the recreational activities offered to players at Disney World is the chance to attend games.
"You have to basically put in a request for tickets because there's obviously not enough seating for every NBA player," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Friday.
Donovan wasn't surprised Paul and members of the Thunder's young core were watching.
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"Chris loves the game, he's a student of the game," Donovan said. "I think Shai is that way. Those guys love basketball, and I think anytime that they can watch games and learn, they're more than willing to do that."
Donovan said he's unlikely to attend other games as each team is only allowed one scouting seat.
"I wish there was certain situations we as coaches could go out there and watch some games, but with the way the scouting is set up we're not allowed to do that all the time," Donovan said. "I would like to be there to watch games as well, I just don't think it's gonna be very feasible."