Thunder's Chris Paul grateful to still be able to play basketball at high level at 35



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Thunder's Chris Paul grateful to still be able to play basketball at high level at 35

Guard Chris Paul said he absolutely enjoyed playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Paul, who was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Thunder last offseason, was expected to be moved to a contender before the season started.

But the Thunder were unable to find a trade partner and ended it up working great for both the team and Paul. Paul led the Thunder to a playoffs appearance as he was averaging 17.6 points, five rebounds and 6.7 assists.

The Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs after losing Game 7 to the Rockets. "I just love to hoop," Paul said while watching as a virtual fan, talking to the broadcast team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, per ESPN.

"[Former Thunder coach] Billy Donovan was amazing. My teammates have been amazing. "So, for me, you call it twilight years, I call it a blessing. Just being able to compete at a high level at 35 years old, [I'm going to] just keep rolling."

Paul praises the NBA bubble

The NBA season restarted on July 30 in Orlando and now the NBA Finals are underway. The NBA hoped the bubble would work out and it did as the season will finish. "First and foremost, it's amazing how everything came together," he said.

"Obviously, I'd rather still be there playing. It is what it is. It's remarkable, all the different types of stuff guys have done to make everything happen. That's why I'm honored and privileged to be a part of this great league."

Paul underlined not having the fans wasn't ideal. "Fans were definitely missed," Paul said. "It was the energy. Especially with me, playing for the Thunder. Playing in OKC, it's different, the way that, when you make a shot, you feed off the crowd.

But I think the virtual crowd has been amazing. Players being able to walk off the court and see their loved ones and families there, it means a lot." Speaking of the "When We All Vote" campaign, Paul said: "Strides is an understatement.

I'm so proud of our guys. "The job the guys have been doing to be a little bit more educated on the situation, getting people out, recruiting poll workers and things like that ... the bubble has been an unbelievable blessing. "Our players are continuing to do the work. And we're grateful, and we are going to keep working."