Kelly Oubre Jr, who has finally settled down at Golden State Warriors after an initial draft to Oklahoma City Thunder, has taken a verbal shot at Robert Sarver, the owner of his former side Phoenix Suns.
After two years with the Suns, Kelly Oubre Jr was traded to OKC in exchange of Chris Paul on 16h November, six days before he joined the Warriors against a conditional 2021 first-round and a second-round pick.
However, the small forward has given some verbal flak to Sarver, who has owned the Suns since 2004 and has made a reputation of bad management and frequent alteration of the team hierarchy, which has resulted in a great number of losses.
Kelly Oubre Jr wants an owner who “actually cares about the organization”
Following his arrival at the Chase Center, Kelly Oubre Jr expressed that he wished to play for a team whose owner has a hunger for success and bears concern for the overall well-being of the team and not just for the camera.
“I can play for an owner — somebody who actually cares about the organization and not just the perception of the organization on the media end of it,” said Oubre Jr on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
“It’s all about the foundation for me, man. You have a beautiful foundation, can build a beautiful [future],” the 24-year-old added.
I can potentially be a Hall of Fame player: Kelly Oubre Jr
Despite the light verbal heat at Sarver, a humble side of Oubre Jr admitted that he still has a lot to learn from some of the Warriors veterans such as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and aims for a Hall of Fame-worthy career with his new team.
“As a young individual coming into this league, I’ve had to prove myself,” Oubre Jr went on “I’ve had people calling me all types of — what they thought that I was as an individual, as a basketball player, yada yada … and I can really relate to the guys who have put the Hall of Fame marks on their own name when they had a lot of questions coming into the league as well.”
“I’m obviously a younger individual who can really, really learn from how they were to handle these certain adverse times, and people saying they weren’t going to be this [or that], which they are now. And I want to show everybody that I can potentially be a Hall of Fame player as well,” Oubre Jr added.