Indiana Pacers G Victor Oladipo says he plans to make his season debut on Jan. 29 vs. the Chicago Bulls, the guard told The Athletic’s Shams Charania in an interview for Stadium.
Just In: Pacers star Victor Oladipo tells NBA Insider @ShamsCharania that he plans to make season debut on Jan. 29 at home against the Bulls, returning from yearlong absence after torn quad tendon in his knee. pic.twitter.com/c7oC8eeLZG— Stadium (@Stadium) January 8, 2020
Oladipo has been sidelined all season after tearing his quad, which needed surgery. It’s been a long wait but it appears Dipo is ready to return at the end of the month for the Pacers, who are still in good position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Still, Indiana has had health issues in the backcourt with Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb, so Oladipo’s return would shore up the position for the stretch run.
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I’d imagine when Dipo comes back, he’ll likely be on a minutes restriction and won’t play on back-to-back sets. That seems normal in today’s NBA and Oladipo is too valuable to the Pacers for them to rush him into action. So until he gets up to 100%, I’d say it’s tough to trust him unless we see otherwise in game play.
I don’t think it’s a downgrade for Brogdon when he’s healthy, if anything it helps take pressure off him — especially with all the injuries he’s dealing with. Aaron Holiday should drop down on the depth chart as a result and T.J. McConnell takes a value hit as well. But again, Oladipo likely won’t be full-speed until at least mid-February.