Victor Oladipo could be out until December or January
NBA.com Global on Jun 22, 2019 07:34 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)
NBA.com staff report
In late January, Indiana Pacers star guard Victor Oladipo was lost for the season when he ruptured a quadriceps tendon in his right knee. While he has made progress with his injury rehabilitation, it seems unlikely he will suit up at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard told reporters on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) that Oladipo could not be back in the lineup until the winter, writes Matthew VanTryon of the Indianapolis Star.
“He might be out a little bit,” Pritchard said of Oladipo on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “I’m hopeful he’ll be back December or January.”
Roughly eight weeks after his injury and subsequent surgery, Oladipo posted videos on social media of himself walking the hallway of his doctor's office in Miami.
After having his surgery, Oladipo faced an uncertain timetable ahead for his return to the court. The 2019 All-Star guard spoke with the media on a conference call in early February and was taking a day-by-day approach to his recovery.
"At the end of the day I'm a positive butterfly," Oladipo said on Feb. 11 (Feb. 12, PHL time). "I'm not looking too far into the future and I'm not looking at the past; just focused on today and trying to get better every day."
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.
Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.9 minutes per game last season. 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 (Oct. 29-Nov. 4) and was an All-Star last season.
The Pacers went 16-19 after Oladipo's injury and finished as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.