The 2020 NBA playoffs were in jeopardy after another tragic shooting interrupted the bubble when Milwaukee Bucks players protested a game following the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin by police officers. After the protested playoff game between the Bucks and Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul apparently did a lot to prevent an aborted playoffs.

After all playoff games were postponed for three days, NBA players had a heated meeting at Walt Disney World and multiple reports have stated that some players were opposed to continuing the games since Blake was the latest unarmed African American to get shot by the police.

However, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Paul “saved the season.”

Silver got a lot of credit for shutting out COVID-19 positives, but Chris Paul, president of the Players Association, deserves as much credit for keeping the players unified.