Oladipo vows to be back 'better than ever'
NBA.com Global on Jan 28, 2019 07:02 AM
FILE - WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 4: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards on March 4, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Victor Oladipo may be out for the season after suffering a scary ruptured quad injury on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), but he sounds as confident as ever in making his first public comments following the diagnosis.
"It’s going to be tough but tough times don’t last tough people do," Oladipo wrote in an Instagram caption. "It’s time for me to truly practice what I preach and trust my God in heaven and the plan he has for me. I will be back better than ever and if you question that well, thank you."
I can’t even lie the last few months have been really tough for not only me but for my family as well. You give it your all, literally your blood, sweat and tears to the game you love and things like this happen. No matter how much hard work and effort you put into perfecting your craft you cannot predict the challenges you’ll face ahead. But there is always that point in time where you wonder why it’s happening to you. You even wonder if there was something you could have done differently to prevent the outcome. The confusion, the contemplation, the anger, the sadness and the tears that flow frequently come, but they never last. The amount of support, love and prayers that I have received over the past few days have been breathtaking and has truly inspired me to come back even better than before. Thank you to everyone including all my teammates, pacer fans and staff. Thank you to all the NBA fans around the world and all my brothers around the league who texted, called, tweeted and posted me I am truly thankful. It’s going to be tough but tough times don’t last tough people do. It’s time for me to truly practice what I preach and trust my God in heaven and the plan he has for me. I will be back better than ever and if you question that well, thank you. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world! I am #UnBreakable.
Oladipo thanked everyone for the "breathtaking" and inspirational outpouring of support in the wake of the injury.
At the time of the injury, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.9 minutes. He ranks third in the NBA this season in clutch points with 5.1 ppg, and was an All-Star last season.