Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. Reveals the Learnings From Playing Alongside Stephen Curry

Published 03/24/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a three point basket by forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Stephen Curry is one of the greatest players of all time. During his stint in the NBA, Curry has shown the world how good of a scorer he is. For many, Curry is the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA.

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Aside from this, Curry has had several major accomplishments, including three NBA championships and two NBA MVP titles. But he is also an inspiration to his teammates.

Stephen Curry is a big inspiration for Kelly Oubre Jr.

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Golden State Warriors‘ Kelly Oubre spoke recently to Complex Sports. He went and spoke about how Stephen Curry is as a teammate. For Oubre, Curry is one of the most centered players he has ever seen. Despite the intense pressure that he faces, Curry always approaches the game with the utmost professionalism, and that put things in perspective for Oubre Jr.

“It’s amazing, honestly. He’s the best shooter in the game. To be able to see him prepare, see him go out there, and be a true professional each and every day, with the status that he has, all the pressure that he has on him, puts everything into perspective for myself. (I’m) trying to grow in my game, grow and elevate as a basketball player.” 

Oubre added that Curry is able to take control of whatever moment is present. Curry tries to be happy and make the game as relaxed as possible. Oubre added that the biggest thing he can learn from Stephen Curry is his preparation. Curry can handle pressure better than most people, according to Oubre Jr., and that’s what makes him so special.

“He handles it gracefully, never allows the moment to get too big for him and he always tries to have fun with it. I think that the biggest thing to come about, the thing I can learn from Steph is his preparation. Always stay ready for the moment. That’s a big element in this game because we get into this loophole of being worried about too much stuff.” 

Curry handles pressure exceptionally

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Oubre further praised Curry for converting the pressure into motivation to perform better. For Oubre Jr., he really appreciated the energy Curry brings to every game and the locker room. Oubre noted that you can tell a lot about a person from their energy, and he’s learned a lot about Curry from his energy.

Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

“Steph is somebody that models the pressure to turn him into a competitor. It’s just unreal, because at the end of the day, from outside looking in, you never really know what a person goes through and how much a person has on their shoulders until you can sit next to them in the next room and really feed off their energy. And the energy he brings to the game of basketball is unlike any other.”

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Can Stephen Curry turn the Warriors’ season around? At the moment, he doesn’t have a solid partner on the court. However, the Warriors do have solid players, draft picks, and contracts which they can use ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday to bring in a new player. If they can get another star, Steph could find it a lot easier going forward to help the Warriors.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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