'They'll embrace you like no other:' Oladipo praises Hoosiers' love for basketball

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo gets a fast-break dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Warriors 126-106. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(WTHR) — Victor Oladipo said it best, “I had no idea how serious people in Indiana took basketball."

In a blog on The Players Tribune, Oladipo broke down his basketball career and how prevalent Indiana has been through it all.

"I think even right now very few people outside of Indiana recognize how much basketball means to the state" Oladipo wrote. "There’s a basketball hoop in every driveway. It’s all Hoosiers and Pacers flags. And a big high school game pretty much shuts an entire community down.”

Oladipo’s basketball time in Indiana goes further back than being a Pacer, he attended Indiana University for college and played 3 years before entering the NBA.

Oladipo dives into what it means to play basketball in Indiana and how Hoosiers are all part of the basketball family.

In a text Oladipo sent Domantas Sabonis, who was traded with Oladipo he said, “I promise, if you win here in Indiana, they’ll embrace you like no other.”

With the Pacers dribbling their way into the playoffs winning their first game against Cleveland, Oladipo turned to his fans for support, saying:

“We’re gonna need you right now, Indiana. The rest of the league might have forgotten about us, but you haven’t. Forget what the standings say. Forget the MVP race. Enough with all of that. We know who we’re playing for. You know what this team’s about. We’re ready to make a run in these playoffs. Right now. To everybody else, yeah, maybe we’ve got a lot to prove. But that’s never stopped me before.”

You can read Oladipo's full blog at:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/victor-oladipo-pacers-playoffs

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