‘Respect Those Guys Forever’: Kelly Oubre Reveals His Learnings From His Time With Stephen Curry and Warriors

Published 07/15/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
March 29, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) shoots the basketball against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


It can be painful for any player to see his former team from last season reaching the NBA Finals right after he left. Kelly Oubre Jr is one of those names as he had spent two decent years in Phoenix prior to joining the Warriors. However, he can always tell himself that sharing a roster with the likes of Steph Curry & Draymond Green is never a bad trade.

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The GSW organization signed Kelly in haste after they saw Klay Thompson again succumbing to the Achilles injury. So how did the transition go for the young man and in case he is to leave the Warriors, what does he take away with him?

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Kelly Oubre Jr pays his highest regards to Steph Curry and Draymond Green

The Bay Area signed Kelly Oubre via OKC because the Suns had already made a trade deal before the Warriors’ interest in him. Later, Bob Myers bought the 25-YO from Thunder in exchange for a conditional 2021 Round 1 pick and a Round 2 pick (via Nuggets). In the 2021 off season, Kelly will become an unrestricted free agent.

Now, irrespective of Kelly’s  unsure future in California, the star has agreed that he has some life-altering lessons with him. In a recent interview with The Athletic, the southpaw hoopster detailed, “I learned professionalism to the core. These guys have a résuméthat speaks for itself, so being able to be around those guys for a whole season and watch how they move, how they operate within the confines of the NBA, the professionalism that they ensure, I think that’s something I can jot down in my own notebook and respect those guys forever for.”

Jan 14, 2021; Stephen Curry reacts with center James Wiseman against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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The young small forward has his resentments against the Warriors too

Kelly Oubre Jr. has always had good words to say for Steph Curry and his fellow mates, but he also has his issues too. He recently called it unfair that Klay Thompson’s return can push him out of the starting five and force him to become a bench player. This was not the first time the youngster has raised one such concern though.

The swingman started his 2020-21 after coming off a career-high year with the Suns. Although he took some time to pick his form, the star helped the Warriors during the games that Steph missed. He averaged 15.4 points and started 50/55 games before injuring himself out of the season.

In the same interview, the star added, “They have those championships for a reason. It’s the work ethic, it’s the mentality each and every day, it’s us versus them. It’s us versus the world. That’s the mindset you have to have with everything in life. I’m just blessed to have crossed paths with those guys and to know them as individuals.”

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The star is known for being a hot-headed athlete with many instances of his altercations with opponents. Before joining the GSW, he was also involved in a banter with veteran Draymond Green, though it’s all in the past. 

Presently, his future in the Warriors is quite unpredictable and so it can be that he might never share the court with Klay Thompson. Or do you think he will settle for less and stay? Help us know your opinion in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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