Pacers’ Victor Oladipo & 2 Chainz Sound off on Stereotypes

Victor Oladipo

Getty Victor Oladipo scoring against the Phoenix Suns

Two weeks ago, Indiana Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo made his season debut against the Chicago Bulls after being out for one year with a fractured quad ligament.

”I do not anticipate to do anything available remarkable, I simply anticipate to play basketball to the very best of my capability.” Oladipo said, per Miriam Jackson of

“I recognize I’ll improve as time goes on, as well as I have actually obtained to endure my body as well as individuals with the video game. But I’m a rival. I recognize it isn’t going to be simple,” Oladipo shared with reporters on January 29.

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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo Joins The Boardroom

On February 12, five new episodes of ESPN’s The Boardroom, produced by NBA star Kevin Durant’s Thirty-Five Ventures and ESPN+ were released. The show, which is hosted by Jay Williams, included an episode titled Rap or Go to The League featuring Oladipo and rapper 2 Chainz, who is a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks’ G-League team. It also had Rapsody and Steve Stoute featured on the show. During the episode, they discuss the long-held stereotype that young black men and women only have two options to be successful – one of which is rapping and the other is going to the NBA or WNBA.

“All my family, friends, and peers are Nigerian and they were getting 4.0 in school studying and all I wanted to do is hoop,” said Oladipo.

There was a time when artists and athletes would have their entourage and regardless of what they contributed to the circle either the athlete or the artist will just take care of them. Marketing guru Steve Stoute pointed out that the people around athletes and artists have to bring something to the table.

“Bring your crew and the people closest to you that are lone to you and that you trust have to all bring something to that table. There was a time where the artist or the athlete would just take their crew with them and regardless of what they brought to the table, they would just take care of them and the business would fall apart,” said Stoute.

Victor Oladipo’s Return From Injury

Oladipo was on a minute restriction against the Bulls and would finish with nine points, four assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes. With 0.9 seconds left in the game, Oladipo hit a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime. The Pacers would later go on to win 115-106.

Earlier this season, former Pacers guard Darrell Armstrong shared that he believes Oladipo can get back to All-Star form.

“Yeah, he can; if you’re willing to play defense and score, you can always get back. It’s all about him staying healthy. I think this is the second time he has been injured. So, for him, if anything. He is thinking to himself to say healthy.” Armstrong stated.

“You can’t help your team when you are injured … hopefully, he stays healthy because Oladipo is fun to watch. Hopefully, he can get back on his feet and perform the same way before he got hurt,” Armstrong told me.

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