With the NBA arriving at day 11 of the suspension, the captain of the OKC Thunder took to social media to offer words of hope and encouragement.
Throughout the last week players are posting on social media showcasing things they are doing to stay active. The most active of the OKC Thunder roster (in terms of keeping us in the loop) are Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Darius Bazley.
Thunderous Intentions noted the expectation was Chris Paul would return home to Los Angeles to be with his family and his posts this weekend confirm that presumption.
CP3 posted on his Instagram account as he danced with his son Chris Jr. on a TikTok video. In hindsight, it kind of makes sense why the veteran feels so close to SGA and Bazley who are young and likely keeping him up to speed on what’s cool among the younger generation.
Still, the veteran point guard was laughing at himself as he noted on his IG post (Why? with a crying, laughing emoji 😂).
As the reigning player representative and active President of the NBAPA it wasn’t surprising CP3 also sent out a more serious message. In a video on his Instagram page (as retweeted by the franchise below) Paul offers a message of support and hope to everyone. He notes this is the time to reconnect with family and friends and be a leader in your own family.
Two groups of professionals the veteran point guard pays tribute to is health care workers and teachers.
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The vet noted he’s stepping in to try to fill the role of getting his kids to do their schoolwork and it’s reminded him of how important teachers are.
“Huge shoutout to the teachers out there. There’s been a lot of mornings here now trying to fulfill that role with my kids and just using this time as an opportunity to connect and reconnect.”
In terms of how everyone is affected Paul encourages listening to the health care professionals and trying to practice self-distancing as much as possible so that everyone benefits not just individuals.
Paul points out the most valuable commodity each of us has is time and if there is something you can help out with via 15 minutes online then that is something everyone should consider.
T.I. noted some resources in a recent post which OKC residents may find useful as well as the main sites to bookmark in case you have any questions or need guidance.
As always, stay safe and healthy.
For more information on the coronavirus please note the following sites:
Oklahoma State Department Help Center: 877-215-8336
Oklahoma State – dedicated coronavirus site: click this link
The World Health Organization – click this link
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – click this link