The Indiana shooting guard believes it is best to be absent from the Orlando bubble to fully recover from the serious injury sustained in January 2019.
He is the first big star that will miss the return of the NBA in Disney World by his own decision. Victor Oladipo, who had so far been undecided about his presence in the Orlando bubble, has finally chosen to absent himself from it to focus on a full recovery of his right knee for the 2020-21 campaign, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The absence of Oladipo is undoubtedly a hard blow to the aspirations of the Indiana team for the return of the League, since although they were not among the favorites, they did expect to be one of those teams that would put the favorites of the Eastern Conference in trouble. Now, without the 28-year-old guard, they will have to redouble their efforts to get it.
Oladipo, who suffered a tendon rupture in his right knee in January 2019, did not return to the courts until a year later, just on January 30, 2020 against the Chicago Bulls. Despite the fact that by then it was estimated that he was fully recomposed to play, the reality is that in the 13 games he played his numbers looked very little like those he was used to with the Pacers. To be exact, his averages stayed at 13.8 points per night with 30.4% in triples. With him in action Indiana signed a balance of 7-6.