Pacers' Oladipo undergoes surgery for ruptured quad tendon

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2019 07:27 AM
Pacers' Oladipo undergoes surgery for ruptured quad tendon
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is taken off the court on a stretcher after he was injured during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo understands the recovery from the ruptured quad tendon in his right knee will long and grueling.

He is determined not to come back even stronger after undergoing surgery Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

“He is expected to make a full recovery. No timetable has been established for his return,” the Pacers said.

Oladipo was injured in Wednesday’s (Thursday, PHL time) victory over Toronto. He was scrambling back to defend an outlet pass when his leg bent awkwardly and he fell to the ground. Trainers immediately a draped a towel over his injured leg and he was taken off the court on a stretcher. An MRI on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) confirmed the Pacers’ worst fears — their top scorer would not play again this season.

Over the weekend, though, Oladipo addressed the injury for the first time publicly.

“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,” he wrote on Instagram, adding that he will rely on his faith to help him get through the rehabilitation. He thanked fans and others from around the league for sharing their support.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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Tyreke Evans replaced Oladipo in the starting lineup Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at Memphis and scored nine points in Indiana’s 106-103 loss.

The Pacers currently hold the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference chase and many expect them to struggle against a tougher schedule over the next three months without Oladipo, who averaged 19.2 points.

But even though Indiana is 7-5 without Oladipo this season, coach Nate McMillan said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) he expected to discuss options as the Feb. 7 (Feb. 8, PHL time) trade deadline nears.

Whatever happens next, coaches and teammates have acknowledged repeatedly that Oladipo remains upbeat about his recovery.

“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,” he wrote in the post. “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.”

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