Victor Oladipo plans to make his return to the hardwood on January 29 against the Chicago Bulls, almost an exact year from the date of the quad tendon injury. While Oladipo has targeted this date, the Indiana Pacers are reportedly going to be very cautious with his return to ensure a complete recovery and smooth transition back to full fitness.

It was January 23, 2019 that Oladipo ruptured a right quad tendon in a game against the Toronto Raptors. At the time of suffering the injury, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Similarly, he was only a few months removed from his stellar 2017-2018 campaign that made him a true NBA star.

During his recovery, Oladipo documented his journey to recovery in a series on YouTube. To return to fitness, he has been practicing with Indiana’s G-League affiliate the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The Pacers have played surprisingly well in Oladipo’s absence, currently sitting at 2nd in the central division and 6th in the Eastern Conference at 23-14. Nonetheless, his return will certainly boost Indiana to one of the more formidable teams in the East.

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