Pacers' Oladipo walks without brace on injured knee
NBA.com Global on Mar 28, 2019 06:54 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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Roughly eight weeks ago, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo was lost for the season to a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right knee. It still remains unknown when Oladipo will suit up again for the Pacers.
However, based on the latest video posted on social media, Oladipo is proving to be someone who heals quickly.
Oladipo posted a video to his Instagram account today that showed him meeting with his doctor in Miami, where he underwent surgery and began his rehabilitation process.
In the video, a doctor tells Oladipo, "As soon as you feel comfortable without the brace, you can stop wearing the brace. I'd like you to wear it, at least publicly, for the next few weeks. But, in therapy and around the house, I actually don't want you in the brace ... just to get used to it."
The doctor then commends Oladipo by saying the NBA star's balance is "fine" and says he is eight weeks and a day from when the surgery took place. Oladipo's surgery took place on Jan. 28, per the Pacers.
From there, Oladipo then walks the hallway of the doctor's office without a brace on his right knee.
In the post, Oladipo wrote: "8 weeks and a day post surgery. No brace, No crutches, No problem!!! Shoutout to @jeff_ruiz03 for helping me with PT through my rehab it’s only the beginning!! 2 Timothy 1:7"
Oladipo was injured during the second quarter of a Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time) game vs. the Toronto Raptors as he was racing back to defend a transition break. He collapsed as he closed on the Raptors' Pascal Siakam.
This season, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.9 minutes. At the time of his injury, he ranked third in the NBA in clutch points with 5.1 ppg, was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Week 3 and was an All-Star last season.
The Pacers have gone 13-14 since Oladipo's injury and have clinched a playoff berth. At 47-27 overall, Indiana is the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and is on track to host a first-round playoff series.
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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.