Chris Paul: NBA Players Will Need “At Least” 3-4 Weeks to Prepare For Return

Chris Paul with Rockets. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Veteran NBA point guard Chris Paul, while participating in a conference call with media on Wednesday, said that players would need ample time to prepare in a theoretical return to competition in the 2019-20 season.

The NBA has been on hold since March 11th due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the postponement of sports all around the world.

Paul, who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, serves as the President of the National Basketball Players Association, made it clear that players will need time to prepare to return to game action.

As he put it, “Whatever the amount of time is, just know that players will have the input, the say-so, because we’re the ones playing. That comes first. We don’t ever want to put guys in a situation where their injury risk is higher than ever before.”

According to the ten-time All-Star, the players believe that they will need at least 3 to 4 weeks of training in order to get to that point.

The league is still yet to announce a plan for returning to game action, meaning that everything is still up in the air for the league for its plan to finish the 2019-20 season.