Victor Oladipo spends summer strengthening mind while rehabbing

first_imgPanthers’ Cam Newton says he needs ‘time away from game’ to heal The Indiana Pacers’ two-time All-Star believes it will make him a stronger player when he returns from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee.“Rehab is pretty strategic,” Oladipo said Friday at the team’s annual media day. “But the mind is another muscle that you need to work on and so that’s what I’m trying to do because that can help with the healing process and the overall process.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4While neither Oladipo nor team officials have established a target date for his return, president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in June he was hopeful Oladipo could be playing again by December or January. Center Myles Turners, last season’s league champion in blocked shots, believes Oladipo could be back even sooner.“I just know how Vic’s wired,” Turner said. “He’s been attacking the whole process. He’s already doing stuff on the court. I really have no idea, hopefully December or January.” He won’t make the team’s preseason trip to India and coach Nate McMillan said he won’t be working out live with his teammates or “a while.”Oladipo has been working on his shooting touch and strengthening his mind while rehabbing — and it’s pretty clear he’s back to being his old self. When he walked into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for photos, Oladipo screamed and when was clowning around and make teammates and coaches laugh during the photo session“Eight o’clock, music blasting, singing and shooting,” McMillan said.For now, that’s going to have to be suffice for Oladipo.But his teammates are already eager to get him back.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees “It’s going to be awesome when he’s out there,” forward Domantas Sabonis said. “He brings a lot of energy and a lot of fun.”STARTING FIVEIf the regular season started today, McMillan said his starting five would be Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb at guard, Sabonis and T.J. Warren at forward and Turner at center. That’s four new starters, with Sabonis being promoted from his previous role as one of the league’s most productive bench players.It also gives the Pacers a more traditional look with the 6-foot-11 Turner in the middle and the 6-foot-11 Sabonis being asked to guard the perimeter more frequently.“Finally,” Turner said. “I think Domantas and I have been talking about playing together for a long time now. We have some work to do in camp but I’m looking forward to it.”OLYMPIC THOUGHTSTurner and Sabonis also recently returned from playing in the FIBA World Basketball Cup and could soon be looking toward the 2020 Olympics.“Of course, no doubt in my mind,” Sabonis said despite acknowledging he’s still trying to get his body adapted back to American time.As for the preseason game in India, the travel-weary Sabonis said he would opt out if he could.Turner said the World Cup forced him to play a more physical style, which he believes could help him here. And Turner and Sabonis aren’t the only Pacers interested in heading to Tokyo next summer. LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo speaks during the NBA basketball team’s media day, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS— Victor Oladipo spends most of his summers playing basketball and working on skills.Over the past few months, he’s been working on his mind.ADVERTISEMENT Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown “I’m not sure if I’d be able to play but I definitely want to play for my country, no question about it,” said first-round pick Goga Bitadze.NEW FACESAfter spending the past two seasons with essentially the same cast, Oladipo, Turner and Sabonis welcomed nine new faces to the locker room including Brogdon, who was acquired in a summer trade. The Pacers expect big things from Brogdon, who averaged 15.6 points and 3.2 assists last season with Milwaukee. But they also believe Lamb, Warren and the Holiday brothers, Aaron and Justin, can play key roles, too.WHO’S THE BEST?Oladipo made one thing clear Friday. With or without him, he believes the Pacers are the best team in the Eastern Conference.“I thought that last year, I thought that the year and that’s how I’ll feel for as long as I’m here — the rest of my career,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img