Motivational Mondays 1/28/19

“Tough times don’t last tough people do”Victor Oladipo

I feel like I’m always shouting out Oladipo during my Motivational Mondays segment. However, after the news of his season ending injury, I felt like it was only right to highlight his response today. Check out Oladipo’s full IG response below:

As I stated before, I definitely expect a full recovery by Oladipo because “tough times don’t last tough people do”.

Oladipo Out For the Season

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Wednesday night versus the Toronto Raptors, Victor Oladipo suffered a gruesome knee injury. The MRI today confirmed that Oladipo has a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. This will require surgery and Oladipo will be out for the season.

This is devastating news not only to the Indiana Pacers, but the entire NBA as a whole. Oladipo is one of the bright young stars in the league. You can tell that his fellow NBA peers respects him just by all of the get-well tweets after the injury occurred.  Oladipo was averaging 18.8 PPG and career highs in both rebounds (5.6) and assist (5.2) this season. After coming off a thrilling seven game series vs. LeBron and the Cavaliers in last year’s playoff, we were all excited to see what Oladipo was going to do in this year’s playoffs. The coaches will most likely vote Oladipo as a reserve for the upcoming NBA All Star game in Charlotte.

This is just a minor setback for a major comeback for Victor. We’ll see you back on the court dominating soon. Prayers up!

Nigerian Athletes Featured In B/R Power 50 List


Bleacher Report put together a list that celebrates the 50 most influential people in sports culture with the B/R Power 50. The list was broken into five categories: Boss Up, Shake It Up, Level Up, Speak Up, & Glow Up. Several Nigerian athletes made the list and you check out their individual articles below:

Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA All Star (Level Up)

Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA All Star/ESPN Analyst (Boss Up)

Arike Ogunbowale, NCAA Champion (Glow Up)

Victor Oladipo, NBA All Star (Glow Up)

Oladipo Wins NBA Most Improved Player

Victor Oladipo won the 2017-2018 NBA Most Improved Player last night during the NBA Players Award. Oladipo posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals this season with averages of 23 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.4 SPG (led the league in steals). He also received All-NBA Third Team & All NBA Defensive First Team nods this season while making his first NBA All Star appearance . Oladipo was the catalyst in the Indiana Pacers bounce back season including a thrilling seven game first round playoff series versus Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After stops in Orlando & Oklahoma, it appears that Oladipo has finally found his home in Indiana. This is just the beginning of greatness for Oladipo.

Check out Oladipo’s top plays of the season here:

Giannis & Oladipo Make All NBA Teams

On Thursday, the NBA announced the All-NBA teams. Giannis Antekounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) made the All-NBA Second Team & Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) made the All-NBA Third Team. Also, Oladipo made the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Great season by both guys as they lead their respective teams to the NBA playoffs. Expect to see their names on the All NBA Teams for years to come. Finally, we expect Oladipo will get one more award before the season ends (perhaps Most Improved Player).

Motivational Monday: Oladipo Ready To Take His Game To The Next Level

Minutes after getting eliminated in the 1st round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Victor Oladipo is already thinking about next season. Oladipo had a break out season in his first year with the Indiana Pacers and he showed what the greatness that he is capable of in going up against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavalier. Check out the photo below from Oladipo’s trainer if you don’t think Oladipo is serious about getting better next year.