Most Indiana fans have probably seen the video by now of former IU star Victor Oladipo’s left knee giving out on Saturday evening during an NBA Playoff game in Miami.
It looked bad, and the news coming out on Sunday suggests the worst for Oladipo.
“Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo has suffered a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his left knee,” Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting.
This is the third time in just over four years Oladipo has suffered a major knee injury. And this latest injury involves Oladipo’s left knee, while his prior history of major issues related to his right.
Oladipo missed all but eight games last season due to a second right quadriceps tendon tear. He missed a year of action the first time he suffered a right quadricep tendon tear while the Indiana Pacers in 2019.
Oladipo has missed 255 of a possible 374 games since initially getting hurt while playing for Indiana in 2019.
A stretcher was brought in on Saturday evening, but Oladipo waved it off and was instead taken back to the locker room with his arms around the shoulders of his teammates.
Cody Zeller, Oladipo’s former IU teammate who joined the Heat during the season, was one of several Heat players clearly upset as they watched.
VICTOR OLADIPO MAJOR INJURY TIMELINE:
- January 2019 – right quad tear with Indiana
- January 2020 – return with Indiana
- April 2021 – right quad tear with Miami
- March 2022 – return with Miami
- April 2023 – left patellar tear with Miami
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