The NBA Virtual Fans screen had Chris Paul’s wife and son on it today and the Thunder guard was emotional to see them there.
The league has restarted in the Orlando bubble and has been a stern test for the players who have had to stay away from their families.
During the clash against Jazz, veteran guard Chris Paul was in for a surprise when he saw his family support him as NBA virtual fans. The NBA has enabled fans to join in the bubble virtually to support their teams thanks to Microsoft teams.
Fans need to log onto the Microsoft teams app, enable the ‘Together mode’ and check the calendar tab to make a case for themselves to view the game as an NBA Virtual fan.
The Thunder went to win the game against the Jazz 110-94.
Paul gets emotional talking about the moment
The veteran floor general credited the NBA for using this cool feature inside the Orlando bubble. Paul admitted that he didn’t look upto the screen till the fourth quarter where the game was sealed in their favor.
It was a cool touch to put Chris Paul’s wife and son on the screens today as virtual courtside fans, and CP3 appreciated it as well: pic.twitter.com/wDjibNciDz
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) August 1, 2020
Chris Paul played 27 minutes and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Jazz. It has been extremely tough for family men like Paul to stay away from their families in the wake of the pandemic.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 1, 2020
What’s next for OKC?
The Thunder have surprisingly kicked on after the departure of longtime-franchise star Russell Westbrook to the Rockets. The OKC got Paul in return and the veteran floor general has gelled in well with the rest of the team. With a record of 41-24, the Thunder occupy the fifth position in the stacked western conference.
Paul has gelled well with rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With several veterans in the team, the experience in the unit has been strength as they have pulled themselves out of troublesome situations over the course of the season.