The 2020 NBA playoffs were in jeopardy after another tragic shootout interrupted the bubble when Milwaukee Bucks players protested a game after Jacob Blake was shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by police officers. After the contested playoff game between the Bucks and Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder playmaker Chris Paul apparently did a lot to prevent the aborted playoffs.
After all playoff games were postponed for three days, NBA players had a heated reunion at Walt Disney World and several reports said some players were opposed to continuing the games since Blake was the last African American. unarmed to be shot by the police.
However, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Paul “saved the season”.
Silver took a lot of credit for ruling out the positives of COVID-19, but Chris Paul, president of the Players Association, deserves so much credit for keeping players unified. “Chris saved the season,” said an NBA source, referring to the hiatus from play after Jacob Blake’s August shoot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Don’t think Knicks president Leon Rose hasn’t noticed his former client’s leadership.
Paul and little Los Angeles Lakers superstar forward LeBron James spoke to former President Barack Obama about how to handle Blake’s shootout.
Obama reportedly told Paul and James to pressure NBA owners to implement actionable elements to effect positive change, according to ESPN.
The 2020 playoffs eventually restarted, and the Lakers won the NBA title in six games against the Miami Heat for James’ fourth NBA Championship.
Paul, who could be traded this offseason as the Thunder could embark on a rebuild, has been linked with the New York Knicks since his former agent Leon Rose ran the show in the Big Apple.