The man who will carry the lion’s share of the load in replacing Klay Thompson, once mixed it up with him.
New Warriors signing Kelly Oubre landed a punch on Klay Thompson during a skirmish in 2017, that began with Draymond Green and Bradley Beal exchanging blows before turning into a full on brawl underneath the basket.
Take a closer look as it appears Kelly Oubre Jr. lands a punch to Klay's face during the scrum. pic.twitter.com/j7dg0srh3o
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 28, 2017
Oubre was 21 years old when that happened. Based on his comments about the incident with Bay Area reporters on Monday, it’s clear he wishes it never did.
“We’ll have a conversation,” Oubre said regarding Thompson. “I definitely still think about things like that and I’m very remorseful for just the antics and all the nonsense that I was in back in the day. But we move forward, we grow, we live and we learn.”
New Warriors guard Kelly Oubre says he is “remorseful” for throwing a punch at Klay Thompson three years ago and continues to learn and grow up in this game. pic.twitter.com/oEYZiAIc2Q
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) November 23, 2020
Oubre, soon to be 25 years old, has improved every season of his NBA career, but will face his stiffest test this season in Golden State. Oubre expects to play heavy minutes in the absence of Thompson and the Warriors’ thin depth at wing. His performances will likely serve as a barometer for how far this team can go.