Pacers’ Victor Oladipo: “It was very emotional to join my teammates again on the court after being out for a year”

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Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo opened up about his return to action after an one-year absence and his chemistry with his teammates.

Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee during a game against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, 2019. He was forced to be sidelined for 12 months and made his season debut with the Pacers on January 29, 2020.

“It was very emotional to join my teammates again on the court after being out for a year. I had worked so hard and been through so much both physically and mentally as well, that being able to return and suit up again to go to battle with my brothers is something I don’t take for granted, and can’t wait to do again,” Oladipo told TalkBasket.net on Tuesday.

Prior to the NBA suspension, the Pacers were fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26 record. For his part, the versatile guard was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 13 games this season.