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Insider: Victor Oladipo believes new-look Pacers 'definitely' will make playoffs

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  • Insider: Victor Oladipo believes new-look Pacers 'definitely' will make playoffs

    Victor Oladipo isnít going to talk much about the right knee injury that ended his second All-Star season with the Indiana Pacers.

    He wouldn't speak on it at all Saturday, though a league source told IndyStar a few days prior that the guard remains on track to return during the 2019-20 season, which opens Oct. 23 for the Pacers.

    The new direction of the team, with the additions of Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and JaKarr Sampson, has given Oladipo confidence to say at least this:





    "Playoffs, for sure. Definitely."

    Victor Oladipo gives instruction at his Basketball Procamp, at Grand Park, Westfield, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo: RobertScheer)
    The East has changed. Kawhi Leonard left the champion Toronto Raptors. The Milwaukee Bucks, who had the league's best record, lost Brogdon and could take a step back. The Boston Celtics lost Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. Outside of the Philadelphia 76ers' retooling and getting stronger, the conference is difficult to sort out.

    Oladipo was entertaining 500 kids at his two-day ProCamp, which grew significantly from a year ago. The facilities at Park Tudor School weren't big enough, sending the event to Grand Park in Westfield.

    Itís what comes with being a bigger star, even after missing 46 games when he tore a quad muscle in his knee Jan. 23.

    The Pacers still won 48 games for the second year in a row. Their fall in the postseason, however, was pronounced.

    After pushing the eventual conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in 2018, they were swept by the Celtics last season. The Pacers were held under 100 points three times in the four-game sweep.

    The optimism drained from the locker room, president Kevin Pritchard turned over a new leaf.

    Thaddeus Young was allowed to leave (Chicago). Darren Collision abruptly retired. They tried to keep Bojan Bogdanovic but he walked (Utah). They at least wanted to keep Cory Joseph but knew he would be too expensive in the open market and he departed, too (Sacramento).

    "Iím still close to those guys anyway. I talked to Thad a week ago. I talked to D.C. a couple weeks ago as well. I talked to Bogey," Oladipo said. "Itís bigger than just basketball with those guys. Itís about building relationships. When youíre with guys for two long years you build relationships and you build friendships that will last forever. Itís pretty cool to be able to still contact them and be able to have conversations. Theyíre all going off and doing their own thing, big things, special things and Iím proud of them.Ē

    It's on to Oladipo's new family starting with Brogdon, who was the big-ticket item coming in via an $85 million sign-and-trade deal.

    "I feel like we got some great additions. We got a chance to be really special. I feel like the league is wide open," Oladipo said. ďI was excited for the opportunity to play with (Brogdon). I know what type of player he is, the level that he plays on and has been playing on the last couple of years from Milwaukee. To have him as an addition is pretty big for us."

    The Pacers locker room chemistry, which had been a strength, suffered without Oladipo. The drama surrounding Tyreke Evans, who is now serving a two-year suspension from the league over violating the drug policy, contributed as well. He was on the verge of being cut on several occasions until vets Young, Joseph and Collison stepped in, a league source said. Young spoke openly about giving Evans guidance.

    There also was an unhappiness with younger players wanting more of a chance while coach Nate McMillan stuck with older ones, multiple league sources told IndyStar.

    This kind of friction happens, especially with so many players on expiring contracts entering free agency.

    That's unlikely to be an issue again. The Pacers aren't inundated with expiring deals. They're young everywhere with the projected starting five well under 30.

    Justin Holiday, a reserve, is the oldest at 30. His brother, Aaron, will get a bump in the rotation in his second season as Brogdon's back up.

    Lamb, whoíll start in Oladipoís absence and then become the sixth man, is 27. So is Oladipo. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are 23. Warren is 25. Brogdon will be 27.

    The biggest early-season question: Who'll replace the voice of the rehabbing Oladipo and Young in the locker room to start the season to help a teammate in need or provide positive reinforcement?

    That's unknown, though Brogdon and McConnell appear to be at the front of the line.

    What appears certain is that this will be a team that's able to play faster. McMillan has asked for and received more versatile pieces.


    Brogdon can play on or off ball. That's true for Lamb as well, though he's not the creator for others when he runs the pick-and-roll.

    A team that had difficulty with execution because it had a dearth of ballhandlers should score more on offense and be able to switch more on defense.

    That's what intrigues Oladipo.

    "We have the ability now to play that way. We have the personnel to play that way," he said. "We have a lot of guys who can do things with the ball. Not only me. I donít think we've had that before. It's going to be a lot of opportunities for guys to go out there and make things happen."

    Itís back to Miami after this weekend, Oladipo's offseason home. His goal is to keep everything about his recovery under wraps and surprise everyone.

    That could mean returning sooner than the December/January timeline, being in peak form right away or becoming a three-time All-Star.

    The latter will be difficult. The first All-Star tallies come out around Christmas. While the popular vote could elevate Oladipo as a starter despite not having the resume of an All-Star, a return in early December could give him enough of one for coaches to name him as a reserve.

    ďIím not sure. I really can't control that. I couldnít control it the last two years," Oladipo said. "I canít control it now. I'm just worried about getting back and helping us win a championship.Ē

    The current building blocks have to fall firmly into place. Then he can hit the ground running again.
    Sittin on top of the world!

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    Great. We failed to develop Holiday last year because Thad and company stepped in and kept Nate from cutting Tyreke.
    "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." óKevin Pritchard press conference

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    • #3
      I find the comment about almost cutting him several times not very inspiring. KP deserves criticism for that one. Taking risks on players with issues
      almost never turns out good.
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      • #4
        I don't know who wrote that, it's behind a paywall. But did the writer really end the article speculating about Dipo's chances to make the all star team? That's an odd thing to be thinking about now. Doesn't really seem like an "Insider" would be going there.

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        • #5
          I don't think he's speculating; rather hinting that an Oladipo return will be earlier than most people think. Read: beginning of the season (it would be wild if he returned in October).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Strummer View Post
            I don't know who wrote that, it's behind a paywall. But did the writer really end the article speculating about Dipo's chances to make the all star team? That's an odd thing to be thinking about now. Doesn't really seem like an "Insider" would be going there.
            J. Michael wrote that, he is the Pacers beat writer so....


            Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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            • #7
              Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
              Great. We failed to develop Holiday last year because Thad and company stepped in and kept Nate from cutting Tyreke.
              I know a lot of people had a good time with last years team, but I really just consider it a lost year. Only Myles & Domas who are youngish got consistent min. to develop last year. We should have been looking to move Thad and Cory Joseph at the deadline last year. But why what's done is done and going forward Nate has no choice but to play players who are either going to sink or swim.


              Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Peck View Post

                I know a lot of people had a good time with last years team, but I really just consider it a lost year. Only Myles & Domas who are youngish got consistent min. to develop last year. We should have been looking to move Thad and Cory Joseph at the deadline last year. But why what's done is done and going forward Nate has no choice but to play players who are either going to sink or swim.
                It just seems like the Pacers do not like to change mid stream. After Victor went down I guess the players wanted to give it their best shot and KP obliged.
                Maybe that loyalty pays a dividend down the road somewhere. I believe you were against the Granger trade and what it did to chemistry so maybe they did not
                want that bad rap again.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by imawhat View Post
                  I don't think he's speculating; rather hinting that an Oladipo return will be earlier than most people think. Read: beginning of the season (it would be wild if he returned in October).
                  I was at the entire Oladipo camp this weekend (my son participated), and he most certainly not did look like a player who was months away from a return. Was hitting 3/4 court jump shots, doing lots of crazy ball handling and in outstanding spirits.

                  Was not favoring the leg in any way, but also wasnít jumping for dunks either.

                  Iíd heavily err on the side of a sooner than later return. Got lots of videos and pics of Vic shooting, with the kids, etc if you all are interested.

                  Spoke with Montieth for a long time as well as Vicís manager.

                  Expectations are high for this years group. I heard things like: ďT.J. Warren is going to be a much better player than BogdanovichĒ, and others.


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                  • #10
                    Here a really good article about Vic's injury.

                    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/w...n-an-acl-tear/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by docpaul View Post

                      I was at the entire Oladipo camp this weekend (my son participated), and he most certainly not did look like a player who was months away from a return. Was hitting 3/4 court jump shots, doing lots of crazy ball handling and in outstanding spirits.

                      Was not favoring the leg in any way, but also wasnít jumping for dunks either.

                      Iíd heavily err on the side of a sooner than later return. Got lots of videos and pics of Vic shooting, with the kids, etc if you all are interested.

                      Spoke with Montieth for a long time as well as Vicís manager.

                      Expectations are high for this years group. I heard things like: ďT.J. Warren is going to be a much better player than BogdanovichĒ, and others.


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                      Thanks for the in person info. Always appreciate it.

                      Also let your son know, and you as well , we missed both of you at our last gathering. Hope you guys can make it in the future.


                      Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Peck View Post

                        Thanks for the in person info. Always appreciate it.

                        Also let your son know, and you as well , we missed both of you at our last gathering. Hope you guys can make it in the future.
                        I still remember the table being asked about Lance Stephenson, and DocPaul's son exuberantly yelling, "Lance, make 'em dance!" while Bills looked like he had just walked into a stinky bathroom.


                        "Sumner reminds me of a young Paul George."

                        - Clyde Drexler.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Peck View Post

                          I know a lot of people had a good time with last years team, but I really just consider it a lost year. Only Myles & Domas who are youngish got consistent min. to develop last year. We should have been looking to move Thad and Cory Joseph at the deadline last year. But why what's done is done and going forward Nate has no choice but to play players who are either going to sink or swim.
                          In regards to letting Aaron "sink or swim" because Nate doesn't have a choice, I'd agree if it weren't for the addition of McConnell to the lineup and Brogdon possibly helping to run the offense. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the McConnell signing. But one of things I was hoping to do was to go into Training Camp with Aaron and Sumner as the only backup PG options. Adding McConnell to the lineup is a great opportunity, but not one for Aaron.

                          I could possibly agree with you on this when it comes to Leaf given the lack of any real experienced depth in the Frontcourt beyond Sabonis and Myles. Nate maybe forced to play Leaf and/or Goga simply for that reason. Unfortunately; it wouldn't surprise me if Nate ended up playing TJ Warren as a small ball backup PF.

                          My hope is that Aaron and Leaf can be given a very consistent 20+ mpg during non-garbage times. But I'm not holding my breath.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                            Great. We failed to develop Holiday last year because Thad and company stepped in and kept Nate from cutting Tyreke.
                            there's two ways to read that passage. it could also mean they stepped in and intervened with tyreke to get his **** together, so they didn't end up cutting him.

                            that said, this also sounds like something KP might make up.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Peck View Post

                              Thanks for the in person info. Always appreciate it.

                              Also let your son know, and you as well , we missed both of you at our last gathering. Hope you guys can make it in the future.
                              Thatís so thoughtful. Thanks, we will be there next time! Will ended up having a good friend leave the neighborhood the night of the last gathering so he made the right choice and spent time with him (even though it didnít feel like it at the time). Here are some pics of the kids with Vic:






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