Pacers news: Victor Oladipo reacts to Darren Collison's retirement
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Pacers star Victor Oladipo reacts to Darren Collison’s retirement

Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison, Pacers

Indiana Pacers superstar Victor Oladipo thanked Darren Collison after the latter surprisingly announced his retirement on Friday night.

Oladipo took it to Twitter to pay tribute to his former teammate, posting a photo of them together during a game.

Oladipo and Collison played two seasons together in Indiana, forming a deadly backcourt tandem. However, the partnership last season was cut short after Oladipo sustained a season-ending knee injury.

Collison was set to become a free agent in July and was expected to draw a lot of interests from teams who are looking for backcourt leadership. Nonetheless, even before the free agency started, the 31-year-old shocked the league with his early retirement.

The 2010 NBA All-Rookie First team member wrote a lengthy post on The Undefeated. He said that he still loves the game of basketball, but he is now stepping away to focus on his family and his faith.

“While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me,” Collison said. “I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.”

Collison played 10 seasons in the league after he was selected 21st overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. Before returning to Indiana in 2017, the former UCLA standout also played for the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.