Victor Oladipo reverses course, now pondering return during NBA restart

Victor Oladipo

After initially ruling himself out for the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has reversed course, and now says there is a "strong possibility" that could change, although he remains undecided.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 10:55 AM
Updated: Jul 17, 2020 11:20 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFFT) - After initially ruling himself out for the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has reversed course, and now says there is a "strong possibility" that could change, although he remains undecided.

"It was hard for me to assess where I was at from the long layover, and obviously [with the coronavirus] couldn't really control that," Oladipo told reporters during a Wednesday Zoom availability. "But now, coming down here and getting some practices in, getting my feet under me, going out there playing with the guys, there's a possibility that I could play."

Despite ruling himself out of the restart, Oladipo planned to travel with the team to Orlando to continue rehabbing his quadriceps tendon, but now his "body's feeling good," with no restrictions from head coach Nate McMillan or training staff during practices.

"I'm just reassessing myself and my body every day," Oladipo said. "I think people fail to realize that this injury that I have is very unique No one of my stature, of my ability, has ever had this injury before, so there's no one else that I have to look up to or could reassess from, so I'm learning and growing as the days and weeks go on, just like you guys are, but no one understands or knows what I feel or what I'm going through internally or what my body feels like."

"I know what I'm capable of. I know what standard I have to get to. I know how my body needs to feel in order to perform at the level that I'm capable of performing, because if I don't do that, well, then everybody's going to write about how I didn't play at that great level or how I didn't look good," Oladipo added.

Still, as much as he wants to play, Oladipo is putting his mental and physical health first, saying he wants to be smart now so he can keep playing further down the line.

"These people have been amazing since the day I put on this jersey. It's no surprise that they back me and they support me," Oladipo said. "It's an amazing organization, amazing people. So I'm just thankful that they've got my back. That's not necessarily a given thing when you're in a situation like I am, so I just want to let them know that I appreciate that for sure."

The 28-year-old Oladipo appeared in 13 games for the Pacers during the 2019-20 season, averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

The Pacers will restart their season Aug. 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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