Victor Oladipo: “I Want To Be One Of The Greatest Ever To Play The Game”
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INDIANAPOLIS – The text to his trainer came just minutes after a Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers.
Victor Oladipo’s mind wasn’t on a Caribbean vacation or some well-deserved rest after a grueling playoff series.
He was ready to work.
Nearly two months after his All-Star season ended in Cleveland, the burning desire inside of Oladipo is still alive and well.
“I’m still hungry,” Oladipo says. “I think I’m hungrier now than I was when I first got here.
“I want to be great. I’ve been saying that since I walked into his facility and started being a Pacer. I want to be one of the greatest to ever play this game. Whatever I got to do to do that, I’m going to try my best to try and achieve that and in the process of winning. That’s the goal.”
The goal has Oladipo back in Miami this offseason, working out again with trainer David Alexander at DBC Fitness.
Whether in the gym, and then back on the court in July, Oladipo’s first summer of training in Miami last year put him on the All-Star path, even before the Pacers traded for him.
Hard work then met opportunity in Indiana. What resulted was the league’s Most Improved Player.
Defining a level of satisfaction for Oladipo has never been there.
After accepting his MIP Award last week, in front of NBA stars in Los Angeles, Oladipo offered a bit of warning to the rest of the league.
We are just getting started.
“I truly believe that when I say that,” Oladipo says. “I’m going to take my game to the next level. There’s no trying. I’m not going to try. I’m going to take my game to the next level. I’ve got to fine tune a lot of stuff in my game. Watching film, I’ve got every game from last year. I could have been a lot better, way better than I was. I understand I’m a hard critic on myself. But I got people watching, both with me, and for me, and they say I can get a lot better, too. I’m just trying to take my game to the next level in every aspect there is---making better decisions, overall my mindset, having a stronger mind. I think that’s what separates the greats, take my mind to another level.
“I plan on doing big things here. My teammates plan on doing the same.”