Oladipo 'sick and tired' of Paul George comparisons
NBA.com Global on Dec 12, 2017 07:40 AM
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When the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, it was a much-panned move by both fans and basketball analysts, most of whom felt that the return was not enough for a four-time All-Star. However, since the 2017-18 NBA season tipped off, people have begun signing a different tune.
Oladipo has emerged as the Pacers' go-to guy, averaging 24.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals. Buoyed by his presence, the Pacers are 16-11, right in the middle of the Eastern Conference Playoffs pack. And in comparison, the Thunder are a mere 12-13, a record that would see them miss the postseason if the tournament began today. As such, there are some who would say that Indiana "won" that trade, a sharp 180-degree turn from earlier opinions.
That said, one person isn't a fan of comparing those two players is Oladipo himself. But with the Thunder set to come to Indiana for the only time this season on Thursday (PHL time), Oladipo will have to deal with those inevitable comparisons, heading into the game. Here's what Clifton Brown of the Indianapolis Star reported:
Where are the people who said the Pacers were fleeced when they traded George this summer? For several days, Oladipo knows he will be hearing plenty of talk about the trade, and about George. But Oladipo is riding high, preferring not to let outside noise ruin his karma.
"I'm kind of getting sick and tired of the comparisons with Paul George and myself," said Oladipo following Sunday's game. "He's moved on. I moved on from the situation that I was in. Life takes its course, things happen. I'm happy here, he's happy there. I wish him all the best. I'm feathery, right here as a Pacer. I don't have no disrespect towards him, or what happened. I'm just grateful, and honored, to put on this jersey every night."