Victor Oladipo Takes Part In Full Court Practice For The First Time Since January

Victor Oladipo Takes Part In Full Court Practice For The First Time Since January

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Victor Oladipo Takes Part In Full Court Practice For The First Time Since January

On Tuesday afternoon, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo participated in a fullcourt practice for the first time since rupturing a quad tendon in January. Why did Oladipo take another step forward?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t planned, and it was not with the big league team, but Victor Oladipo did something on Tuesday that he had not done since January.

He went full court in a live practice session.

Now, this positive step for Oladipo doesn’t significantly speed up his rehab, and the session didn’t even come with the Indiana Pacers.

But Oladipo did get some full court practice run, in a 5-on-5 setting, with the G-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It was the first such action for Oladipo since rupturing his quad tendon 10 months ago.

The practice took place in Indianapolis, with the Mad Ants in town, being honored on Tuesday at the Pacers’ home game with the Oklahoma City.

Before Tuesday’s tip against the Thunder, Nate McMillan explained the reasoning behind Oladipo going to the G-League for a day.

“This wasn’t scheduled for Victor but with our G-League team (in Indy) and practicing here we saw the opportunity to give him a chance to go full court,” McMillan said. “I don’t think (the full court) will be something that he continues to do. I think he’s still in the playing half court, 5-on-5 (stage).

“Part of that is we haven’t been able to practice a lot in the last week or so, because we are limited with the players that we have. So he hasn’t really been able to get in a lot of work due to those off days and us having to manage the group that we have.”

McMillan didn’t watch Oladipo get up and down the floor with the Mad Ants.

Several more hurdles remain for Oladipo to actually suit up for the Pacers.

Those include further clearance from his doctor, which would have Oladipo doing 5-on-5 in a full court practice setting on a much more regular basis.

“As soon as he goes back to see his doctor in a few weeks, they will evaluate him and make a decision on how much more he can do,” McMillan said last week when asked about an update on Oladipo. “Whether that’s 5-on-5 half court every day, or allow him to go full court, this is a medical decision as far as what he’s allowed to do.”

Currently, it still looks like Oladipo’s return to game action will not be coming in the next month.

But Tuesday was another step in the right direction for the Pacers’ star.

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