‘I’m Over It’: Victor Oladipo Looking Forward to Indiana Pacers Return After Offseason Rumors Surrounding Him

Published 12/21/2020, 1:33 AM EST
Dec 18, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the ball while Philadelphia 76ers guard Danny Green (14) defends in the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Victor Oladipo was subjected to massive speculations during the 2020 offseason. The Indiana Pacers star was rumored to leave the team due to unsettling reasons and was subsequently named in trade rumors to almost every NBA team, especially after the Pacers’ collapse in the NBA bubble to the Miami Heat.

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Victor Oladipo recently spoke to Sirius XM radio about the speculation surrounding his future and what he thinks of it. He wasn’t surprised by the rumors but was shocked about the comments that were thrown at him.

NEW YORK, USA – JANUARY 11: Victor Oladipo (4) of Indiana Pacers in action during the NBA match between Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States on January 11, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“You know, honestly, it’s new for me in my eight years in the league. No one has ever spoken about me like that before,” expressed Oladipo.

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“That’s not my reputation to be a guy like that. It was kind of surprising that they would even put that out without facts. And, you know, it’s OK. I guess that is a part of life, it is a part of this business, things like that happen.”

However, Oladipo believes in himself, as do his teammates, and they know that he wouldn’t leave them on such short notice.

Victor Oladipo is unfazed by rumors

“But at the end of the day, I know myself. And at the end of the day, I can’t control what they write or what they say, but I know who I am as a person. And I know I would never do any of the things they said,” Oladipo said.

“My teammates know that as well, and you can ask anyone and they will tell you. Even people around the league, they know what kind of person I am. For them to put that out, it was unfortunate.” 

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Oladipo was hurt about the speculations and the comments in the rumor mill during the off-season. But the Pacers star eventually learned to put it behind him.

“At first, you know, you kind of get upset,” he said. “Because you’re like ‘Wow, they’re trying to tarnish my name, and I didn’t even do anything to them’. But at the end of the day, you learn not to even put your energy towards nonsense, and you focus on things that really matter.”

Oladipo concluded by saying that his primary focus is on the upcoming NBA season and helping the Pacers achieve success. “It is unfortunate, you know, that it kind of happened like that, but I’m over it. I’m focused on my knee and playing the game I love and helping the Pacers win a championship. All that other stuff really is irrelevant.”

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Oladipo and the Pacers are all set to compete in the 2020/21 NBA season. It kicks off on December 22nd, and the Pacers have a mammoth task of getting past their challenging Eastern Conference opponents.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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