Philadelphia 76ers forward Kelly Oubre found himself sidelined on Sunday following a hit-and-run incident in the heart of Philadelphia, as reported by authorities and 76ers officials.
The 27-year-old Oubre was walking in his Center City neighborhood when he was struck by a vehicle near Broad and Locust streets, just a few blocks south of City Hall, around 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to a statement from the Philadelphia police.
Emergency services rushed Oubre to the hospital, where he received stabilization for his injuries. Oubre sustained a broken rib, along with injuries to his hip and leg. After a few hours of treatment, he was discharged from the hospital.
Despite the setback, Oubre was expected to attend the 76ers’ practice on Tuesday as an observer. Head coach Nick Nurse conveyed at a pregame news conference that the team would assess his recovery timeline following the observation.
A spokesperson from the 76ers informed Sports that the injuries were not perceived as season-ending.
As of the latest update, no arrests had been made in connection with the hit-and-run incident. Police investigators were actively working to ascertain the identity of the driver involved.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Oubre relocated to the Houston area after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, according to his NBA bio. He played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks before being selected as the 15th overall draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2015. Subsequently traded by the Hawks, Oubre has been part of the rosters of four other teams, with the Philadelphia 76ers proving to be a successful fit thus far.
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Maintaining an average of 16 points per game for the 7-1 Sixers, Oubre was described by Coach Nurse as a player who was “heading towards a good season” and acknowledged that he had been “a guy who needed a break, was getting one, and he did everything he could to give himself a break.” Nurse expressed disappointment at the situation, calling it “kind of a bummer.”