Central Notes: Oladipo, Lopez, R. Jackson, Gilbert

Nearly eight months after having surgery on a ruptured quad tendon, Victor Oladipo doesn’t want to talk about the rehab process, writes Scott Agness of The Athletic. Oladipo began on-court workouts in June, but he hasn’t practiced against anyone. He said he’s working on “a little bit of everything,” but doesn’t want to give away any secrets.

“Ah, I’m getting there,” Oladipo said. “I’m working my way there. You can’t rush these things, you just got to take your time. At the end of the day, Rome wasn’t built in one day.”

People close to Oladipo have talked about his work ethic and dedication. He has adapted his shooting method and now has a smoother shot with a quicker release. The Pacers are monitoring his progress, but haven’t set any sort of timetable for his return.

“I’m just excited to play basketball again, honestly,” Oladipo said. “Just go out there and compete at the highest level possible. I got a lot to let go, so I’m looking forward to letting it go.”

There’s more from the Central Division:

  • Bucks center Brook Lopez tells Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype that he enjoyed July’s free agent frenzy just like any other fan. “Man, it was so entertaining – first and foremost,” Lopez said. “Just as a fan of the game – waiting for all of those Woj Bombs and news updates – it really was exciting! As a player, it’s exciting too. I mean, everyone has said it, but I think the level of parity is really exciting because there are a number of teams that, I think, are contenders now. It’s just great for basketball because it’s going to be such a competitive league this year.” 
  • Getting past the effects of two serious injuries helped Pistons guard Reggie Jackson enjoy a revival last season, observes Keith Langlois of NBA.com. Jackson was slowed by left knee tendinosis during the 2016/17 season and a grade-3 right ankle sprain in 2017/18. Jackson started to feel fully healthy around mid-season and averaged 16.9 PPG after February 1.
  • Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from a Chicago rehabilitation facility this week after spending two months there following a stroke, relays Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
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4 thoughts on “Central Notes: Oladipo, Lopez, R. Jackson, Gilbert

  1. diller1340

    Reggie is going to have a monster year this year. He is finally healthy and it’s a contract year for him

    • Tommy313

      Bet not. I really hope he does, but the fact is he is not a smart player. Skills but can’t run a winning team. I’m hope rose wins the starting spot and we trade Reggie for like Iguodala or some other expired contract. I hope this year is the last in Detroit either way

      • diller1340

        If Rose starts he will end up getting hurt….. the pistons need Reggie to start to keep Rose fresh. Rose will also need plenty of games off so Reggie will log big minutes in those. Blake also will get a lot more games off this season to keep him healthy all season

  2. sydz

    It’s OK that ‘Dipo doesn’t want to talk much about his rehab process. Leave him alone and don’t worry, Pacer’s fans, cause he is the type of guy who put 100% effort in everything he does, no matter what (Magic fan here).

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