‘Could Definitely Fit Into the Heat Culture’: Victor Oladipo Opens up on His Expectations at Miami Heat

Published 04/02/2021, 12:29 AM EDT
Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) dunks on a fast break during the first quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat just defeated the Golden State Warriors, but the highlight of the game was Victor Oladipo making his debut for the Heat. The Heat, who traded for Oladipo to the Houston Rockets, haven’t given him any long-term commitment as of yet. Consider this a trial run for the former All-Star to show that he deserves it. And it is safe to say, he put his best foot forward, having a great start to his career in Miami Heat.

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Connection with Miami Heat

Victor believes that he fits perfectly well into the Heat culture. Oladipo has been linked to joining this team for years, and now that it has happened, he is hoping it stays this way for long.

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When asked about his ties with Miami, he said, “Obviously, I spend my offseasons here. The connection with [Dwyane Wade] and everything like that. I think in some people’s eyes, it would be a good fit. For me personally, I thought I definitely could fit into the Heat Culture and what they stood for, how they play, how they get after it, and things of that nature.

“So when told I was being traded there, first and foremost it’s not like I’m going to a foreign land where I don’t know anybody or a foreign experience. It’s something that I’m comfortable with.”

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) attempts a three-point shot during the second quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo looking forward to being his best version

The Miami Heat are Oladipo’s third team this season. He started off as part of the Indiana Pacers but was then traded to the Houston Rockets so that James Harden could be sent off to the Brooklyn Nets. And now, he is with Miami. However, it is evident that Oladipo hasn’t felt so much satisfaction with any other team.

“The best is yet to come for me,” he said. “I truly believe that my better days are ahead. I truly believe I haven’t scratched the surface of how good I can be. There’s still a lot of room for me to improve, a lot of room for me to get better. I have a lot to prove. I have a chip on my shoulder, obviously.”

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Oladipo’s best season was 2017-18, and he was never the same after his knee injury. But it looks like he is determined to get back to his full form.

Oladipo’s presence will not only better the Heat’s defense, but he can also take the load off Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo offensively. Do you think there is more to Victor’s potential?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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