HoopsHype Victor Oladipo rumors

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Is it really as bad as it seems? "Yes," Ford said via email. "Really, only Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams are proving to be valuable starters at the moment. A few others like Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Steven Adams have been solid. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he might be a big star down the road. But all of those players except Oladipo weren't even in the conversation for the No. 1 pick." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 16, 2013 Updates

Victor Oladipo admired Kevin Durant from afar for a long time, and now Oladipo is happy and honored to call Durant a friend. They grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, so Oladipo always was attuned to Durant's accomplishments. But since Oladipo is four years younger than Durant, they hadn't met face-to-face until this past summer when Oladipo visited a basketball camp that Durant was running in Washington. "For him to be able to talk to me and for him to give me advice was kind of crazy," Oladipo said. "But at the same time, it definitely was humbling and definitely nice for him to do — a credit to him for doing that. He didn't have to, but he did it anyway." Orlando Sentinel

December 8, 2013 Updates

Oladipo acknowledged that the only way he’ll become a point guard, and the Magic will figure out if they want him playing that position for years to come, is by doing it. “I feel like I’ve gotten better, yeah,” Oladipo said, when I asked if he saw a change in his point guard skills between Summer League and December. “I feel like I’m getting better every day. It’s just experience, really. Experience from playing as many games as I have already. You know, just watching film, trying to slow it down. Trying to slow myself down, just adjust to the game.” Indianapolis Star

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Michael-Carter Williams and Victor Oladipo made NBA history by becoming the first pair of rookies to have a triple-double in the same game. It was only the third time in NBA history that more than one rookie had a triple-double on the same day, but not necessarily in the same game. The other two occurrences were Tim Hardaway and David Robinson on February 2, 1990, and Grant Hill and Jason Kidd on April 7, 1995. ESPN.com

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Yesterday, Jordan Brand made official their signings of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr. and Cody Zeller - the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th picks of the 2013 NBA Draft, who were choosen by the Magic, Wizards and Bobcats. “We are excited to add Victor, Otto and Cody to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “As we continue to expand and improve our performance product, these young players will be a big part of our efforts around the game of basketball.” Sole Collector

October 22, 2013 Updates

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question. USA Today Sports

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Magic guard Victor Oladipo’s fifth outing as a pro did not start as planned Friday night. He turned over the ball twice and missed a shot from point-blank range in his first three possessions. This was suddenly the best time to study the prized rookie, who was coming off a rough game in Houston. . How would he react? “I’m going to be patient,” he said. “At the end of the day, patience is a virtue. I want that virtue.” Orlando Sentinel

Oladipo said he’s looking forward to the regular season, when the veterans ratchet up their play. “It’s why you want to play at the elite level of basketball, to test yourself and see where you are at,” Oladipo said. He even says he’ll embrace the NBA marathon season, an 82-game grind. “It’s lovely,” he said. “No classes, no walking to class, no tutoring, no homework. We just play basketball. We’ve all been playing since we were little. We all have a love for the game. You can’t forget that no matter what happens. It’s a blessing. You just have to keep working hard.” Orlando Sentinel

October 17, 2013 Updates

Still, Vaughn sees room for improvement. "I want him to be more aggressive, attack the rim even more," Vaughn said. "I want him to think 'aggressive' from the time he laces up his shoes in the morning until the time he takes them off at nighttime." Oladipo has shown a knack for attacking the hoop and drawing fouls. On Wednesday, he took three foul shots and made all three. The rookie is averaging 3.8 free-throw attempts per game this preseason. Orlando Sentinel

October 12, 2013 Updates

It was impressive enough that it nearly wiped out what had been a dominant performance from the 2013 No. 2 pick, Victor Oladipo. The Magic guard had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, and added eight rebounds and three assists. "He's going to be great," Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said of Oladipo. "He's going to be great in this league. ... His potential is out of the roof." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 4, 2013 Updates

Oladipo is thrilled to join the Magic and he’s determined to help the team rise up out of this rebuilding period. He spent the entire offseason working out in Orlando and couldn’t be happier with the situation he’s entering. “I love Orlando, it’s a great city,” Oladipo said. “It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you wake up and the sun is always up. It’s unreal, I’ve never been in a place like this before. It’s crazy. I’m truly blessed to be here, fortunate enough to be here. My mother was actually here a few days ago and she loves it here too. That’s always a good thing when your mother loves something because then you know it’s really good. “It’s a blessing to be part of an NBA program. It’s definitely a blessing, I’ve been dreaming about it all my life. I’m looking forward to going to work with my teammates and going to war every night.” HoopsWorld

September 17, 2013 Updates

``Thank you for your opinions and believing that, but at the end of the day only God can control that,’’ Oladipo said last week in reference to several national media outlets picking him as the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. Of course, it doesn’t take him long to shrug off the praise, straighten the oversized chip on his shoulder and get his mind back churning toward the work that’s ahead. ``I don’t really pay attention to that (hype) because all of my life I’ve been overlooked,’’ he said defiantly. ``It’s nice for people to say nice things now, but if things go bad they will say bad things. It’s all good to me and I don’t pay attention to all of the other stuff. I’m just looking forward to playing and helping this team win.’’ NBA.com

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