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Chris Paul as the players' president during a pandemic and NBA suspension

MICHELE ROBERTS HAD just stepped out of an Uber when her phone started buzzing.

It was a little after 8 p.m. on March 11, and the National Basketball Players Association executive director had left her New York office after meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss the next steps amid the growing coronavirus crisis.

She figured she had already missed tipoff of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game. So when she saw the name lighting up both of her phones, she knew something was wrong.

It was Chris Paul.