After working so hard to get back from a career-threatening injury, the harsh reality for Victor Oladipo is that right now, he has not done enough to earn his spot in the Miami Heat rotation. Things can always change for the better, but right now, the veteran guard is on the outside looking in.
Oladipo has not played in the Heat’s last three games as head coach Erik Spoelstra tightens up his rotation with the playoffs in mind. It doesn’t sound like Oladipo is nursing an injury, but still, he’s found himself sitting on the bench without any game action of late.
Oladipo recently opened up about his current predicament and at this point, the 29-year-old admits that it is now out of his control:
“It just is what it is,” Oladipo said, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “At the end of the day, it’s bigger than me.
“So I just got to continue to keep getting strong, keep doing what I can, to stay ready.”
Oladipo has featured in just six games since returning from injury. Over that span, he’s averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 18.4 minutes of action. Oladipo has not really impressed since returning to the lineup around a month ago. While there was general anticipation surrounding his return, he has been underwhelming, to say the least.
It’s become a bit of a chicken and egg situation for the former two-time All-Star. He needs game time to be able to get his conditioning back up, but at the same time, it’s also his lackluster performances that have prevented him from getting significant playing time.
“There’s nothing that can replicate it, really.” Oladipo said of 5-on-5 work. “I just got to do my best to do whatever I can.”
There was some hope that Oladipo would be able to recapture his old form and make some sort of an impact for the Heat towards the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. This does not seem to be the case right now and for his part, the former Most Improved Player of the Year appears to have accepted his fate.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see.
“If you got any recommendations or anyone does, just let me know.”