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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo to sit out NBA season restart

Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out of the NBA season restart, according to Shams Charania.

“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,” Oladipo told Charania. “I feel like I’m at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100 percent. With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble I just can’t get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing.”

Oladipo continued, “I have to be smart and this decision hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020/21 season is the right decision for me.”

For now, the plan is for Oladipo to travel to Orlando with the team and continue rehab, Charania notes.

The 28-year-old, who played 13 games this season after suffering a torn quad tendon during the 2018-2019 season, missed about a full calendar year.

Oladipo’s trainer said that the two-time All-Star is “in the best shape he’s ever been”, but they were concerned about him suffering another injury due to the shortened ramp-up period before the eight “seeding games” and playoffs.

The Pacers will now be allowed to sign a substitute player to replace Oladipo for the rest of the season.

Chris Tulphttps://www.talkbasket.net
Graduate from the University of Maryland who has loved the game of basketball since the age of 5. As I got older, the NBA and international players became my passion; now, I get to write about them.
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