Not Easy for NBA Players to Focus on the Game in Wake of Stunning Election

November 10th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Every Portland Trail Blazers player linked his arms with another as they stood together.

A young man with a black turban on his head and black beard on his face assumed the spotlight and began playing the national anthem on his violin.

Chris Paul closed his eyes, put his hand over his heart and began to sing.

All was not right with the world or the country at the time, yet it did not feel so bad before tipoff at Staples Center on Wednesday night.

This was, is and will continue to be the role of sports in our lives: Sometimes an escape, sometimes an inspiration, the sports world is mostly our reflection.

Real people, real issues—with a side dish of fantastic competition.

Paul had watched the presidential election that saw Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton the previous night with his seven-year-old son.

"You have to move on and move forward," said Paul, who endorsed Clinton in a video last week urging people to vote. "The toughest part is watching the whole experience with little Chris…just explaining to him what's happening.


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