RICHMOND — Kelly Oubre Jr. came this close to earning bragging rights over LeBron James.
Over one August weekend in Miami, Oubre joined Washington Wizards all-star teammate John Wall for a series of workouts. It just so happened that James, a fellow Klutch Sports client with Wall and arguably the best player in the world, had returned to South Beach for his offseason routine. James joined the pair of Wizards for one session — Wall shared images of the workout in an Instagram post that has garnered more than 115,000 views. But missing from the photos was a competitive moment between Kelly and the King.
“We did a little competition at the end,” Oubre revealed. James “beat us, but that’s the only thing I wish I would’ve won. We had to make nine [three-pointers] in a row. I made eight and I missed the last one and his greatness, his competitive side took over and he won by the backdoor.”
While Oubre, 21, went head to head with a four-time MVP, Chris McCullough, 22, played pickup basketball with perennial all-star Carmelo Anthony. Tomas Satoransky, who is entering his second season in the NBA, spent his offseason matching up against Europe’s best players.
Though the trio of young players will have varying roles in the upcoming Wizards season, they all returned to the team a bit wiser from their summer brushes with greatness.
“We both were going at each other,” McCullough said of Anthony. “Me going at him. Him coming at me.”
McCullough, who enters his third season and awaits a breakthrough moment, shares several connections with Anthony. The pair of Syracuse basketball alumni have the same New York-based trainer and since McCullough recognized a need to work on his defensive skills, an elite post and perimeter scorer like Anthony proved to be a formidable teacher.
McCullough recalled his offensive highlights…