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Victor Oladipo hasn’t played in an NBA game in nearly a year, and with his return looming, the Indiana Pacers star said he is prepared to go all out once he finally hits the court.

Sitting down for a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Oladipo laid out how he envisions his long-awaited return to NBA play.

“I’m not gonna ease my way into anything,” Oladipo told Charania. “I’m not gonna second-guess myself or try to take my time. I’m gonna go full throttle and I’m gonna be aggressive. I’m gonna go at dudes and I’m not gonna shy away from anything because that’s not who I am.”

Oladipo has been sidelined since January 2019 due to a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. The star’s return has been penciled in for Jan. 29, so he won’t join the Pacers on the team’s upcoming road trip.

Oladipo’s eagerness notwithstanding, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan recently indicated that deliberations on how to ease the star back into playing shape are ongoing.

Further, it has not yet been decided whether Oladipo will start or come off the bench early on. That said, the Pacers won’t be able to make any ultimate determinations about how to use Oladipo until he takes part in a game.

“He has to play,” McMillan said, per Nathan Brown of the Indianapolis Star. “All of that will happen once he takes the floor and gets some games under his belt. There’s no way of getting into game-shape without him playing in some games.”

The Pacers have performed extremely well in Oladipo’s absence this season. Currently sitting at 25-15 and slotted fifth in the Eastern Conference, Oladipo’s return obviously will only make the Pacers a more formidable foe down the stretch and into the postseason. What’s more, it’s clear the long layoff has Oladipo eager to reassert himself on the NBA stage.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.


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2019 / MEM
Ja Morant
2018 / SAC
Marvin Bagley III
2017 / LAL
Lonzo Ball
2016 / LAL
Brandon Ingram
2015 / LAL
D'Angelo Russell
2014 / MIL
Jabari Parker
2013 / ORL
Victor Oladipo
2012 / CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2011 / MIN
Derrick Williams
2010 / PHI
Evan Turner
2009 / MEM
Hasheem Thabeet
2008 / MIA
Michael Beasley
2007 / SEA
Kevin Durant
2006 / CHI*
LaMarcus Aldridge
2005 / ATL
Marvin Williams
2004 / CHA
Emeka Okafor
2003 / DET
Darko Milicic
2002 / CHI
Jay Williams
2001 / LAC*
Tyson Chandler
2000 / VAN
Stromile Swift
1999 / VAN
Steve Francis
1998 / VAN
Mike Bibby
1997 / PHI*
Keith Van Horn
1996 / TOR
Marcus Camby
1995 / LAC*
Antonio McDyess
1994 / DAL
Jason Kidd
1993 / PHI
Shawn Bradley
1992 / CHA
Alonzo Mourning
1991 / NJ
Kenny Anderson
1990 / SEA
Gary Payton
1989 / LAC
Danny Ferry
1988 / IND
Rik Smits
1987 / PHX
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1986 / BOS
Len Bias
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