When Victor Oladipo got traded from OKC back to his second home of Indiana, where the 6-foot-4 guard was a college All-American with the Hoosiers in 2012-13 before becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, he says he wanted to be ready for it in every way.
Appearing on NBA TVs hit show Players Only with Chris Webber, Kevin McHale and Isiah Thomas fresh off his public reconciliation with Magic Johnson, Oladipo spoke about the trade which was criticized by many hoops analysts. He says he didnt know what to expect, but he wanted to be in the best physical and mental shape of his life.
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If youve never seen Players Only, youre missing out. The chemistry between the hosts are great. Theres constant jokes, laughs and twists that only players with years of experience as elite ballers, coaches and executives can produce. Its like they are standing on a street corner just kicking it about ball.
When discussing Oladipos offseason, Webber jokingly asked the 25-year-old Washington, DC native if he was dancing for Chippendale’s (world famous exotic male dance revue) before the season or after season, in reference to Oladipos impressive three-week bulk up regimen this summer.
Remember in the summer when Victor Oladipo had this body transformation in just 3 weeks and said, “I’m going to come back better.” https://t.co/A4giq77KDv
Oladipo was Oklahoma Citys second-leading scorer behind NBA MVP Russell Westbrook in 2016-17. He averaged a solid 15.9 points, 2.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting career highs from the field overall (44.2 percent) and from the arc (36.1 percent).
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As Paul George struggles to find an identity and chemistry in OKC, Oladipo has flourished into an All-Star caliber performer with Indiana, averaging 24.9 ppg and has significantly improved his career highs in almost every offensive category.