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Kelly Oubre Jr. opens up about battle with depression

Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly Oubre Jr., like many other basketball players, has overcome numerous disadvantages and obstacles to make it where he is today. Many years ago, Oubre Jr. and his family lost their Louisianan home due the cataclysmic Hurricane Katrina.

Nonetheless, Oubre Jr. overcame the adversity and became a top recruit in college and made his way to the NBA, a journey that has proved to be too difficult even for the most talented athletes. Oubre Jr. now plays for the Washington Wizards, and is a consistent role player for a team trying to break into contention in the Eastern Conference. During his career, Oubre Jr. has shown flashes of his star potential and could be a a part of the Wizards’ future as a franchise cornerstone.

Yet, Oubre. Jr has suffered his fair share of mental problems that have plagued him from his childhood and still persist today. The 22-year old opened up about his battle with depression on a Wizards tipoff podcast.

“A lot of people are coming out with things about mental health. I feel as if, yeah man I’ve suffered through a lot of things in my life. I’ve been through a lot of things,” he said. “I can definitely relate to it all… I’m really good at keeping a poker face because when I was growing up my dad always told me ‘don’t let anybody see you weak.’ Nobody sees that I’m weak, but deep down inside I am going through a lot. Hell is turning over.”

Mental problems and depression are an issue that plagues anyone, regardless of social prestige and wealth. Oubre Jr. certainly has fared well throughout this mental adversity, playing well on the court when the Wizards need him. Hopefully, he can muster the mental fortitude to stay focused and continue to live his life and play basketball.