Pacers’ Victor Oladipo sitting out NBA restart in Orlando
Oladipo suffered torn quad tendon last season and was still making his way back from the injury before games were suspended in March. He explained his reasoning for sitting out:
“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,” Victor Oladipo told The Athletic.
“I feel like I’m at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100 percent. With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can’t get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing. I have to be smart and this decision hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.”
The Pacers star will accompany his teammates to Orlando:
Victor Oladipo has elected not to play, but he does plan to accompany the Pacers to Orlando, per league source.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) July 3, 2020
Oladipo only appeared in 13 games for the Pacers before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Oladipo will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021 unless the Pacers sign him to an extension before that offseason arrives.
Since players are prone to get hurt at Walt Disney World because they haven’t played in such a long time, Oladipo appears to be making the right decision since he could seriously get hurt in Orlando. After all, his body isn’t used to the physical exertion of basketball due to the long hiatus.