That prompted the Wizards’ Kelly Oubre to do the same.
“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.”
“That s— is serious,” he said. “I just go into a quiet place and breath, man. Just being mindful is the only way I know how to get through any anxiety, any depression or anything like that.”
Oubre says his issues are partly rooted in his quest to be great. He sets high expectations for himself and has difficulties dealing with falling short.
He is a young player prone to mental mistakes due to inexperience and admits he’s harder on himself than he should be. The internal struggle “can get overwhelming,” he says.
This is courageous by Oubre. Though mental health is becoming more acceptable to discuss openly, there are still too many people who will criticize those dealing with these issues. Oubre is setting an example that could serve others dealing with depression and anxiety.
This is also a good reminder that these issues can affect anyone. DeRozan and Love come across as more mellow. Oubre, while he can sound carefree, dials up a feistiness on the court. But those outward presentations don’t necessarily tell us how a person feels inside, an acknowledgment that should serve all of us.