Washington Wizards small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. added his perspective to what other NBA players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have opened up about in recent days—talking about his mental health in an interview on NBC Sports’s “Wizards Tipoff” podcast (it starts around the 13:00 mark). The 22-year-old Oubre, currently in his third NBA season, was uprooted from his childhood home of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina when he was nine years old, and he described in the interview how mindfulness and family helped him handle the anxiety and stress caused by the pressures of the NBA. “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’m going through a lot. Hell is turning over,” Oubre said. “Just being mindful is the only way I know how to get through any anxiety, any depression, anything like that.” He also talked about how, as an athlete, the public perception of his incredible physical talents doesn’t always match what’s going on internally.
Oubre reveals struggle with anxiety, depression: 'I've suffered through a lot'
Deadspin | Mar 7