Myles Turner says Victor Oladipo was ‘in good spirits’ when Pacers met with him for first time after injury
“It was good to see him, physically,” said Turner, according to J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star. “He was in good spirits. I didn’t expect anything less.”
Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee during the Pacers’ win over the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, knocking him out for the remainder of the season.
Since then, Indiana has lost four straight, most recently falling to the Orlando Magic by a score of 107-100 on Thursday night.
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan has had a tough time getting the rotations right since Oladipo’s injury, as other players such as Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott have also been dealing with injuries of their own:
“It’s constant,” coach Nate McMillan said of the roster shuffling. “It’s just been a lot of teaching through video and gametime because games are coming so quickly. The rotation is changing.That’s going to take time.”
As for what Oladipo had to say to the team? McMillan says the 26-year-old had a positive message, like always:
“It was pretty much what we’ve talked about when he was with us. We’ve got to stay together,” McMillan said. “We got to work our way through it. People are doubting you. It was really positive.”
The Pacers looked to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference prior to Oladipo’s injury, but now, they appear to be nothing more than an afterthought.