Victor Oladipo has gone down with a season-ending injury almost a week ago and it's a terrible blow to the Pacers organization. He suffered a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right knee last Wednesday and it looked bad from the start.
Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan immediately knew it was a serious injury and knows the importance of Victor Oladipo for his team
It's a tough situation. That kid has a beautiful spirit about him. He has always been one to try and to lift us up. We've got to lift him now."
After the injury, Oladipo received numerous support from fans and other players around the league and it inspired him to do his best to be back as soon as possible for his team.
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 unbrekable
The Indiana Pacers were surprisingly one of the best teams in the NBA up until this point and are currently 32-16 which is good enough for the third spot in the eastern conference.
It will be interesting to see will the Pacers be able to stay competitive for one of the better spots on the ladder before the playoffs start. Oladipo did a lot of things on the offensive side for the Pacers and even though the team itself is very well balanced with a couple of underrated players who could potentially step up, he will definitely be missed.
The only thing we could wish him is a speedy and successful recovery in hopes he will come back stronger than before.