The Indiana Pacers have won four in a row, and in a close game against his first team, the Orlando Magic, Oladipo was the clear difference with 29 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists. There is no sign of surprise from anyone, though. This is the new normal for him. “I just went out there and played hard, man,” Oladipo said. “It doesn’t matter where we are at or who we are playing, I just come out and play as hard as I can.”
When the Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, many suggested they had been swindled. George was a superstar player. Oladipo is a fifth-year veteran on an expensive contract who still was known more for his athleticism than his output. How can he possibly be worth what Indiana gave away? “I think I’ve improved a little bit everywhere,” Oladipo said. “My mindset especially I think has improved a lot. Getting comfortable with my teammates. Getting comfortable with the system we’re running here. Just taking it one day at a time.”
What do you remember about your experience as a Raptor and with Canada’s national team? Cory Joseph: Being from that nation, playing with Team Canada, Toronto is Canada’s team, was a great experience. I had a blast and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Obviously, I’m happy where I am at this moment. Personally, when I (played in Toronto), we broke a lot of records, we made it furthest in the playoffs, we had the longest winning streak that the Toronto Raptors have ever had in one season. So I was a part of great things while I was there. I’m happy with the time that I spent there and now it’s time to move forward with the next step of my career.