Kelly Oubre Jr. appeared to take a shot at Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver on the day he was officially introduced as a Golden State Warrior. Oubre, who was selected at No. 15 in the 2015 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, spent the last two seasons with the Suns, before being traded to the Warriors this offseason.
The Suns haven't been to the playoffs in a decade, while the Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals appearances between 2015 and 2019. "You just hit the nail on the head," Oubre said during an appearance on "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky," on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, per ESPN.
"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. It's all about the foundation for me, man. You have a beautiful foundation, can build a beautiful [future]."
Oubre coming off a breakout season
Last season, Oubre was one of the brightest spots on the Suns roster as he averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds but still it wasn't enough to get Phoenix to the postseason. "As a young individual coming into this "league, I've had to prove myself," Oubre said.
"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 sure from a lot of the same people that are questioning me. So, I feel like we have a lot that we can relate to, and they've got each and everything they've gotten out of the mud. And that's exactly where I've come into play, too."
Oubre will now have a chance to play alongside and learn from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. "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]," Oubre said.
"Which they are now. And I want to show everybody that I can potentially be a Hall of Fame player as well. Who is better to learn from than guys like Klay, guys like Steph, guys like Draymond. Guys like everybody that's been through this organization."