Houston (USA), May 15 (EFE) .- The base of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul, president of the NBA players union, acknowledged this Friday, in an interview with the ESPN television network, that There are still doubts about going back to the competition, but all the players want to do it.
A week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told players to prepare for what could be the “biggest challenge” of their lives, Paul publicly and firmly stated that the players want a return to competition, although they are also aware of the risks that this implies.
Paul admitted that the problems inherent in restarting the competition were complex, but that they were worth facing.RELATED
“There are a lot of difficult conversations and decisions to be made,” Paul stressed. “But with the team around us, I think we’ll finally get where we want. Obviously we want to play above all else. And I think that’s a consensus among the guys around the league. We want it to be, obviously, as safe as possible. But the most important thing is that we can compete. “
Silver and Paul held a conference call last Friday with players who addressed some of the problems the NBA would face when it returns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Defining how to do it safely remains difficult, Paul acknowledged during the interview, as well as assuming they don’t have the answers they might like to hear from players.
“I don’t have the answers,” stressed Paul. “I don’t have all the answers. But I know that people are working tirelessly trying to solve it and that is a factor that transmits confidence to the professionals.”
When asked if he was concerned about the fairness of a possible playoff structure upon returning to the competition, Paul appreciated that he went beyond that final decision.
“I think it is a combination of many things,” argued Paul. “But at the end of the day, at this time, no one expected this and knew that these circumstances could occur.”
Paul insisted that the situation he was going through not only the NBA competition but the entire country was somewhat unexpected, in all respects.
“The reality is that there is nothing we can consider normal at the moment because the virus is still the one in control of the situation,” Paul stressed. “It is from this premise that we will have to work for the future.”