Victor Oladipo wants Pacers to focus on winning, not having fun
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo only just returned from a ruptured quad injury that cost him a year of his career, but he has no interest in honeymoons.
Oladipo told reporters he has no interest in “having fun,” saying the ultimate reason players compete is to win a championship.
“The goal here is to win a championship,” he said Wednesday following the Pacers’ first post-break workout at St. Vincent Center, per Mark Montieth of Pacers.com.
“That’s my goal. I know that’s this team’s goal. Why even play if you’re not trying to do that? You want to play for fun? You can play for fun in the rec league. Obviously, it’s a fun game to play, but it’s about winning. That’s how you’re defined, that’s how you leave your legacy. I’m trying to leave mine for generations to come.”
Of course, the Pacers have yet to win an NBA title in their franchise history. Not a single player on the current roster has hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Still, Oladipo has every right to instill a sense of hunger in this Pacers team.
The Pacers could certainly use a boost from the Victor Oladipo of old, as the two-time All-Star has struggled in his first seven games. Oladipo is averaging just 11.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds while shooting under 33 percent from the field.
Nevertheless, he is the kind of player that can help inspire a playoff run. Not to mention, he is certainly hungry to win at all costs.