Pacers’ Victor Oladipo won’t set timetable for return
Oladipo is listening to his body and won’t set a timetable for his return.
“Just trying to get the feel back,” Oladipo said, via Akeem Glaspie of the Indianapolis Star. “Coming out here just playing, taking it easy. Not trying to do anything spectacular. When injuries come around you try to rush things. When you rush your body, that’s when things kinda go south. Just gotta be smart about it.
“Any obstacle or any trial you go through challenges you mentally. Your character is shown by whether you want to improve or kind of let it get the better of you.
“For me, I’m working on my mental every day. … The strongest battle you have is you versus you. The battle between you and your inner self. I’m trying to get over that. It’s easy for (your inner you) to take over and go the easy route. But you’ve gotta be able to withstand those mental lapses and talk yourself out of them.”
Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Pacers last season before he got hurt. The All-Star shot 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pacers and Oladipo will continue to be cautious moving forward since Oladipo is the franchise player in Indiana.