Add Victor Oladipo to the growing list of players opting out of the NBA’s season resumption in the Orlando bubble.
Oladipo, who returned in January after being down for a full year due to a quad tendon injury, recently announced that he will be sitting out of the rest of the season in order to come back as healthy as possible for the 2021 season. This week on The Jump, Paul Pierce was asked about Oladipo’s decision, as well as those who have done the same.
“I agree with him. You know, he was able to come back this year, and he just never got back to that all-star form even though he didn’t play that many games. He just wasn’t himself,” said Pierce. “So, I think this is a great move for him going into the summer just to get his legs under him, just to get back in great shape, just to get back from injury to where he’s comfortable being the Oladipo we saw a few years ago when he was playing in that all-star game.”
The Truth was also asked about the agreement between the NBA and NBPA that allows players to wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys for the restart in Orlando.
“It’s an opportunity. I mean, this is what the players talked about. They’re going into the bubble furthering their action on social injustice, and they’re being allowed to by Adam Silver with their jerseys. So, I’m really happy that they’re allowing this. We have a commissioner that’s really concerned about the social injustice that’s going on in America. So, this is great.”
Check out more conversations like these on The Jump weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.