The Miami Heat got a huge boost off the bench with Victor Oladipo. Having a two-time All-Star coming off the pine is definitely a luxury to have.
From Oladipo’s perspective, it’s hard to imagine him predicting he’d be a bench player in what is supposed to be one of his prime years. But after injuries have hampered his ability to stay on the court of late, the goalposts have clearly shifted.
Asked about what his personal goal in this postseason with the Heat, Victor Oladipo gave a spirited response – the man just wants to hoop.
“Man, my goal was to play,” said Oladipo after the 119-103 Heat win in Game 2. “That was my goal, to play the game I love. Just play to the best of my abilities. If it means I’m in there the last 8 minutes or the first 8 minutes, I’m going to go out there and play it to the best of my ability and with all the belief I have in myself.”
"That was my goal, to play the game I love…if it means I'm in there the last 8 minutes or the first 8 minutes, I'm going to go out there and play it to the best of my ability and with all the belief I have in myself" –@VicOladipo pic.twitter.com/SCQMZerj1u
— NBA (@NBA) May 5, 2022
Victor Oladipo has shown flashes of regaining his All-Star form in some of Miami’s recent contests. If he can continue to impress off the Heat bench en route to an NBA title run, there’s going to be someone knocking on his door with a hefty contract in the offseason.