It could still be sometime until Victor Oladipo sees the court.
The Pacers guard is expected to be out of the team’s lineup until December or January, team president Kevin Pritchard said after the NBA draft.
“He might be out a little bit,” Pritchard said briefly (via the IndyStar). “I’m hopeful he’ll be back December or January.”
Oladipo suffered a season-ending injury in late January during a loss to the Raptors as he ruptured his right quad tendon.
There wasn’t an immediate timetable on the two-time All-Star’s return following Indiana’s season, but Pritchard said Oladipo will return “200 to 300 percent” better.
Oladipo addressed the injury in an emotional Instagram post right after it happened.
“I can’t even lie the last few months have been really tough for not only me but for my family as well,” he wrote, in part. “You give it your all, literally your blood, sweat and tears to the game you love and things like this happen. No matter how much hard work and effort you put into perfecting your craft you cannot predict the challenges you’ll face ahead.”
Since then there have been multiple videos showing his progress, including one he posted to social media at the beginning of June.
Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 2018-19 and was selected as an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season, but was replaced by Nets guard D’Angelo Russell after suffering the injury.
He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player during the 2017-18 season.