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Kelly Oubre Jr. on how Michael Jordan motivates him ”He talks to you like a player, like a peer, instead of a boss or owner”


New Charlotte Hornets player Kelly Oubre Jr. is enjoying a good start this season. He revealed the impact Michael Jordan’s approach to motivation had on Oubre’s success in Charlotte. 

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s fit in Charlotte

Unfortunately, the experiment in Golden State did not work out for Oubre as he found himself in Charlotte after just one season. However, it might have been a blessing in disguise. The Hornets are in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference with a young core headed by LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges. Oubre provides other dimensions on offense and defense in a system that maximizes his athleticism.

So far, Kelly is averaging career-high numbers in field-goal efficiency while also improving his turnovers and assists from last season. If he had to point out one thing that clicked for him, it would have to be owner Michael Jordan

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Playing for MJ is extra intimidating for every player in the NBA. Despite the fact Jordan’s GM/owner career hasn’t been as successful as his playing one, we’re still talking about His Airness. MJ didn’t make the best decisions in the past with some bust picks, but it looks like it’s been working nicely for Charlotte this year. 

MJ compared to other players turned team executives

Being the legendary player and ruthless competitor he is, Mike seems like a strict owner at first glance. But as Oubre shared, that is not the case. MJ puts pressure on his players because he knows they can improve, but he does it from a position of a former player, not as the boss. That seemed to work this year because the players are having fun on the floor. 

When compared to Magic Johnson, who was described as a loud team executive, and Larry Bird, labeled as reserved, MJ seems like a cooler boss. Back in their heydays, they would kill competitors on the court, and it’s interesting to see different personalities from their lives as former players. 

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