Victor Oladipo Nearing Clearance For 5-on-5 Work

Victor Oladipo Nearing Clearance For 5-on-5 Work

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Victor Oladipo Nearing Clearance For 5-on-5 Work

On Friday morning, Pacers President Kevin Pritchard joined The Fan Morning Show providing an update on Victor Oladdipo. What did Pritchard have to say about Oladipo getting cleared for live action soon?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Less than a week before the Indiana Pacers start their 2019-20 regular season, it sounds like their star player could be nearing his return to 5-on-5 practice work.

 

Victor Oladipo won’t start the regular season, but he is approaching the horizon of taking a critical step in his on-court rehab.

 

“He’s doing really good,” Pacers President Kevin Pritchard said Friday on The Fan Morning Show. “My guess is in the next week or two, he’ll get cleared for some 5-on-5, maybe even half court. That doesn’t mean we are going to push it, push any timeline. I believe in you push, let a player get out there on the court and see how he feels, then allow him to do a little bit more and then see how he feels. But we are going to be cautious with that.”

 

A few weeks ago, Oladipo shared some insight into his rehab work this offseason, with an emphasis on improving his shooting form.

 

Previously, the Pacers have thrown out a December/January date at when Oladipo might make his regular season debut.

 

It seems that Oladipo would need around a month of full live practice action before the Pacers feel comfortable easing him back into game action.

 

As you’d expect, Oladipo is handling his rehab with a bit of vigor.

 

“The thing about Victor is that whatever you ask him to do, he’ll do 10 times that amount,” Pritchard said. “If you tell him you have to do 2 hours of lifting weights, he’s going to do 4 hours. He’s attacked this like no other player has ever attacked an injury. I’ve never seen anything like it in terms of how he’s dialed into his nutrition, how he’s doing his physical therapy. He does physical therapy 2-to-4 hours every single day. And it’s not like you go in there and they move your knee around, move your ankle around, move your hip around. It’s intense stuff for hours. Then he gets on the court and he’s got more energy than I’ve ever seen. He’s doing everything possible to get back out there as fast as he can.

 

“I kind of feel like my rule is to make sure we look at the long term and to make sure we don’t do anything to jeopardize anything that we could have long term because we know with him we have a chance to be special. With this team, we have a chance to be really special with a healthy Victor, and a healthy everybody else.”

 

A 4-game preseason slate for the Pacers concluded on Tuesday.

 

Indiana will open up its 82-game regular season this coming Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.

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