Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers is, once again, having an All-Star caliber season, leading his team with 19.2 points per game and 5.3 assists, while having them currently slotted as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. While he’s been a rising star in the NBA since the team acquired him in the Paul George trade in the summer of 2017, it appears as if Oladipo’s got his work cut out for him after the unfortunate injury he sustained tonight.
During his team’s game against the Toronto Raptors, Victor Oladipo fell awkwardly while trying to defend a long pass, immediately going down in pain and screaming in agony. For those who can stomach it, here’s the video of Oladipo’s injury — fair warning: his kneecap pops out.
The nasty injury led to Victor Oladipo being carted off a few minutes before halftime, and, naturally, caused the NBA community to respond and send their thoughts, once again proving that the league is a brotherhood between players. Take a look at some of the reactions from his fellow hoopers, who were all offering support and a speedy recovery.
That last one from Paul George is interesting, because, not only did the two get traded for one another, but George also suffered a hideous knee injury back in 2014 while playing for Team USA, where he ran into the hoop standstill. In George’s case, while it took a few years for him to get fully back to himself, he’s now leading the Oklahoma City Thunder in scoring and has himself in the MVP conversation.
It’s a total blow for the Pacers to see their star player and leader carted off with a serious injury — it all but ends any chances of them going deep into the playoffs this year — but, if there’s one thing we know about Victor Oladipo, it’s that he’s going to outwork everyone to get back to himself, if not better. Remember how he started his offseason training mere hours after being eliminated from the postseason last year?
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Oladipo, because he’s one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA.