Sports Report: Growing belief Oladipo will play in restarted season

04:09  14 july  2020
04:09  14 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Oladipo to sit out NBA resumption

  Oladipo to sit out NBA resumption Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo won't play when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, he told The Athletic's Shams Charania. "I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart," Oladipo said. "I feel like I'm at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100%. With all the variables, from how I have to build my five-on-five workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact setup of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing."Oladipo returned to action in January after missing a year due to a torn quad tendon.

There is growing belief Pacers star Victor Oladipo will attempt to play in the NBA’s restarted season after multiple strong team practices in Orlando, sources inside the Additional positive tests – by players fully involved in the bubble – will be far more chilling for the NBA’s planned season completion.

The two-time All-Star played in 13 games before the coronavirus forced a stoppage in play on March 11. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is choosing to sit out the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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Victor Oladipo may play for the Indiana Pacers in Orlando after all.

After revealing earlier this month that he intended to sit out the season's resumption, there's now a growing belief Oladipo will attempt to play during the restart, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Oladipo traveled with the Pacers to Orlando, but he cited concerns regarding his rehab as a reason for opting out. However, he's since fully participated in five-on-five scrimmages with the team, sparking optimism about his status, Charania reports.

The 28-year-old guard tore a tendon in his quad last season and didn't play his first game in 2019-20 until late January.

After getting off to a slow start, Oladipo averaged 15.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 37.5% from deep in his last 10 games. He recorded 27 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in Indiana's last contest - a loss to the Boston Celtics on March 10.

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Pacers' Oladipo to play in scrimmage vs. Blazers .
Reports of Victor Oladipo's season being over have been greatly exaggerated. The Indiana Pacers' star guard will start Thursday's scrimmage against the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced. Oladipo reversed course on his decision not to suit up in the NBA's restart recently, saying there was "a strong possibility that I might play" after his body responded well to basketball activity. The two-time All-Star missed this season's first 47The Indiana Pacers' star guard will start Thursday's scrimmage against the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced.

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