Pacers’ Victor Oladipo speaks out on COVID-19 pandemic

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The NBA season may still be suspended but that didn’t stop Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo from putting on a show. He headlined the “Songs4U” concert held by the league on their official Instagram account.

During the live broadcast, Oladipo shared a message about COVID-19. He emphasized the importance of social distancing, washing hands, and staying up to date with information about the pandemic.

“It was a good time,” he said. “It’s really important that we do practice social distancing. I know it sounds repetitive and I know it sounds cliché now, even though it’s only been like two or three weeks, but some people are really suffering because of this. If you’re healthy right now, you’re fortunate. Some people aren’t as fortunate as you are. And not only that, people are losing jobs, people don’t know how to pay their bills. The faster we can figure this thing out, the more lives we can save.

“If you want to be a hero in your own way, I suggest that you practice this because it’s very important. People’s lives are important, human beings are unique species, and we don’t want to just get rid of them. You got to be smart, guys. You don’t want something — God forbid — to happen to you or someone you love because you didn’t take this seriously.”

Oladipo will look to build off the momentum he had established prior to the NBA season being put on hold. The Pacers star badly struggled to produce consistently initially following his return from injury but improved significantly.

It seemed as if Victor Oladipo was only scratching the surface prior to the Pacers’ season abruptly being put on pause. Against the Boston Celtics (Mar. 10), he totaled 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

A possible target date for the NBA to relaunch the 2019-20 season has yet to be determined. It will be interesting to see how the league approaches the complicated logistics behind such a decision.

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About Grant Afseth 17 Articles
The founder of Indiana Sports Coverage currently serving as a senior editor for the platform. Grant is a columnist covering the Indiana Pacers for the Kokomo Tribune.

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