DALLAS — In his short visit to Dallas, Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. became fodder for a local blog.

On Tuesday morning, Oubre went to a downtown YMCA for a workout with his trainer, Drew Hanlen, who had flown in from Los Angeles. Though Hanlen, who is also Bradley Beal’s longtime trainer, had previously set up the visit and was given permission by a manager to come in and get shots up, their presence rustled the feathers of several YMCA players.

In a blog posted on the website for D magazine, writer Tim Rogers, who was part of a group for an early-afternoon pick-up game, described a scene in which players yelled at Oubre to leave the court so they could start but the pair did not move.

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“Hey, buddy!” someone from our end shouted. “You got to get off the court! Game’s starting!”
Tall dude didn’t turn around, just kept catching the ball and shooting it. More yelling ensued. Even the guys on the next court over started yelling at him. Tall dude basically had 20 guys in a gym yelling at him to get the hell off the court. I heard: “We don’t care if you’re in the NBA! You got to wait your turn like everyone else!” I asked one of the other players who tall dude was and he informed me: Kelly Oubre. Played for Kansas. In town with the Wizards.”

The blog entry, which concluded by poking fun at the player’s 5.6 points-per-game average, remained as one of the most read stories on the web site but the actual event was hardly newsworthy. According to events described by both Rogers and Hanlen, after discussions with management Oubre eventually moved to another court. The locals got in their pick-up game and life went on. Oubre stayed around to shoot for half an hour and later that night in the Wizards’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks, he made two of four attempts from the three-point arc.

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After the game, Oubre was asked if he was surprised the incident had drawn so much attention.

“Nah, it’s just a funny story for me,” Oubre said. “But we’re always working, no matter where it is. No matter what the situation is, we’re going to find somewhere to work out even if people are trying to chew our heads off at the YMCA for interrupting their game. It’s like 40-year-old men but I respect it though. We’re trying to get better, too, as well as they are. I’m happy that [Hanlen] came down to Dallas.”

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