Well, this is an interesting turn of events. Less than two weeks after ruling himself out of the NBA restart, Pacers guard and head honcho, Victor Oladipo, has reversed his decision not to play.
Oladipo’s playing status became staggered over the last two weeks. The plan was for him always to accompany the team in Orlando, whether he played or not. It was also to see how he felt on the court — after practicing, scrimmaging, and making sharp, sudden cuts — before deciding on his status. But then Oladipo went astray.
Nobody but the Pacers guard knows how his repaired quad tendon feels, which is why he’s making the final decision. There’s obviously the concern that a new injury could pop up following the extended layoff, but since Saturday, he’s gone through four practices at Disney and been a full participant. He’s played with the starters and reserves and done well in 5-on-5 scrimmages.
The decision is still up in the air, but I guess the final question we need to ask is, by adding Oladipo to the squad, does it give the Pacers any chance at creating a long Playoff run? FiveThirtyEight gave them a <1% chance of winning the NBA Finals.
Side Note: 14 days left until the NBA restart.
Catch you Monday.