INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Victor Oladipo is back. He has been out for a year after rupturing his right quad tendon.
Many fans stopped by Bankers Life Fieldhouse top sign the “Ready for Action” banner in Oladipo’s honor. He’s spent 82 games off the court and now fans are anticipating a major comeback.
The All-Star has spent 371 days thinking about his return. He injured his right knee in January 2019 and was temporarily assigned to the team’s G-League affiliate in Fort Wayne in November.
Head coach Nate McMillan was careful not to give away too many details about Oladipo’s season debut in practice.
There’s no word yet on if he will start or come off the bench, but there’s a time limit on how long he will be able to play.
“You don’t just come back, you have to trust your body,” McMillan said. “You have to get your feet wet. We just expect him to play.”
“I’m looking forward to my first foul, my first shot and my first three,” Oladipo said. “Just everything, like putting on a uniform.”
The Pacers guard has been with the team since 2017. He previously played for Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic.
Oladipo will be on the court at 7.p.m. inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They face the Chicago Bulls.