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Pacers’ Oladipo hosts Instagram show on artists during NBA’s COVID-19 hiatus

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Indianapolis, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP) — Victor Oladipo is going to be busy on the next few Friday nights.

The Indiana Pacers guard says he has committed to hosting a Friday night Instagram Live concert series called BASE:LINE LIVE. Each week, three independent artists will be featured on the NBA’s Instagram account for the show.

It speaks to one of Oladipo’s passions; he’s an accomplished musician.

“It lets the NBA world kind of see another side of me as far as music goes and being able to host and help independent artists get some exposure,” Oladipo said Friday, before this week’s show. “It’ll bridge the gap between music and sports and show how they kind of coexist.”

Oladipo says he’s committed to the show for the entirety of the NBA hiatus for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first show was last week, and he says seeing new artists will help his own musical path.

“I think I have real talent, and I’m just trying to improve,” Oladipo said. “Basketball, obviously, is the love of my life and I want to be the best in the world at that. But who says I can’t do both?”

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