“It's more than that. It's also about the system,” said Paul, who attended the most recent session last Thursday. “People that came before us fought hard for guaranteed contracts, (Larry) Bird rights and a lot of other things. A lot of people think it's just about the economics, but the economics is something we're willing to talk about. But at the same time, the system and the economics have to go together.”
Even after attending several meetings in recent weeks, Paul could only say he was hopeful that a deal would be reached soon.
Durant echoed Paul when asked if there would be NBA ball at all this season. Durant said, “I wish,” when asked if games would be played by Christmas.
“I really can't say right now,” Durant said. “We're just trying to work to get a deal done. We're going to continue to play in these games and show the fans that we love the game and we want to play.”
Paul stressed his sympathy to the fans and said he understood the frustration that some feel during this lockout.
“We try to explain (the situation) as much as we can, but it's really hard to understand unless you're in the situation,” Paul said. “But I just want the fans to trust us and know that we're far from greedy. We just want a fair deal. We want to get out there and play more than anybody. But we understand that at the end of the day, we're the product. We're the reason the fans come and we just want a fair deal.”