Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo discusses his breakout season in the NBA, the impact Russell Westbrook had on his work ethic and commitment, the dysfunction of his early years with the Orlando Magic, why many colleges overlooked him out of high school, his close bond with former Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, repairing his relationship with his father, and the inspiration of a younger sister who has overcome a hearing loss. 2:20: Oladipo’s journey from being underrated entering college at Indiana to becoming an NBA star. 4:45: Being overlooked despite playing for DeMatha, a high school powerhouse. 6:26: Tom Crean’s recruitment of Oladipo to Indiana. 7:14: The advantages of Oladipo’s steady rise compared to players that are hyped up from a young age. 9:06: The difficult environment in Orlando to start Oladipo’s career. 12:19: Playing for five different coaches during his first five seasons. 13:38: Learning from Russell Westbrook’s intensity and work ethic. 16:37: How did Kevin Durant’s departure impact the atmosphere in Oklahoma City? 20:58: Looking to Durant as a role model because they are from the same area. 23:37: The importance last season with the Thunder played in his breakout season with the Pacers. 26:11: What did he need to overcome after starting his career in a rebuilding organization? 28:03: Oladipo’s parents prioritizing education over athletics. 33:38: How his family was impacted by his sister losing her hearing at a young age. 36:14: Finally having a team to call his own and establishing himself as a star player in Indiana. 38:17: Hoosier fans always showing love to Oladipo during his career. 39:07: Crean being more than a coach to his former players.
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