Amid all the bashing Kelly Oubre Jr. has received from Golden State Warriors fans due to his horrendous shooting, head coach Steve Kerr made it known that he has never doubted the swingman's stroke.
In the Warriors' dominant 137-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, Oubre scored 18 points, highlighted by four 3-pointers on just six attempts. After the game, Kerr shared that all this time, he was confident that sooner or later, Oubre would get into his shooting groove.
Kerr reiterates that he was never concerned about Oubre’s three-point shooting. Always figured he would get settled in once he adjusted to a new team. Kerr: “It was just a matter of time.”
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Kelly Oubre Jr. was acquired by the Warriors in the offseason via trade. Dubs fans expected the Kansas product to become a focal part of Steve Kerr's offensive and defensive systems. But in his first few games with the Dubs, he struggled mightily.
Oubre entered Monday's game shooting just 2-of-30 from downtown. Several criticisms were hurled at him left and right–both from Warriors fans and various analysts. Some even posted clips of his bad shot selection and inferior decision-making.
With that said. Kerr's recent comments reveal how much he trusts Oubre's abilities. It also shows that Kerr is very much aware that the regular season is long. Thus, it provides him and his staff a lot of opportunities to fine-tune the team.
For what it's worth, after they picked up their first win of the season against the Chicago Bulls, Kerr got a clearer idea of what he needs to do.
“Offensively, I think we're starting to figure some things out. I know I'm starting to get a better feel for what we need to do, how we need to play,” the Warriors coach said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Warriors fans need not panic. Oubre simply needs ample time to adjust to his new team and Kerr's system. Once they reach midseason form, they should be back to executing their plays perfectly.