Recap: Victor Oladipo on The Herd with Colin Cowherd

  • 08/08/2013 12:27 pm in

040913wsOrlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo will make his NBA debut on October 29 in Indianapolis and the former Indiana All-American joined Colin Cowherd on Thursday morning for an interview on ESPN Radio.

The interview touched on a variety of topics, including Oladipo’s work ethic, how he improved over three years in Bloomington, compensation for college athletes and more. Here’s a recap:

On whether he heard the talk of being the player with the most upside leading up to the NBA Draft:

“I heard it a few times, but at the end of the day I feel like I have a lot to work on. I feel like I have a lot to improve on and I haven’t even scratched the surface of how good I can be. I still feel like there are some people who feel like I got drafted too high and there’s some people who believe I’m not as good as people think I am or stuff like that. I’ll always have a chip on my shoulder, always have, and I pretty much always will.”

On where the chip on his shoulder comes from:

“Just constantly growing up and getting overlooked. Just constantly people telling me I’m not good enough, I’m one dimensional and can only do one thing. I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder when I was younger until now. I’m always going to have it because I feel like there are a lot of people out there who second guess me and I’m just going to continue believing in myself and keep working so I can help my team win.”

On what kind of player he believes he can be ultimately:

“I believe I can be one of the best to play the game if I put my mind to it and really keep growing and working hard, the sky is the limit for me and the Orlando Magic program.”

On what he added to his game in college and why he got so much better at Indiana:

“I give a lot of credit to the coaching staff there. Coach (Tom) Crean and his assistant coaches were just pushing me. Constantly making uncomfortable things comfortable and comfortable things consistent. They definitely made me come off of ball screens, which I didn’t do in high school, made me handle the ball a lot, made me make decisions that I didn’t have to make in high school and made me a vocal leader. Credit them for doing that and just the constant work ethic that I have, staying in the gym and working on my game.”

On why he loves defense:

“Growing up, that’s pretty much all I can do and in order for me to get on the floor, that’s what I had to do. Throughout my high school career, Indiana and now, it’s all about guarding the other team’s best player and slowing them down so my team has a better chance of winning. My game is still about defense so I feel like when I go out there I’ll guard the other team’s best player whoever that may be. If I slow them down, my team has a better chance of winning, that’s why I play defense with such pride.”

On who he credits for his work ethic:

“I give a lot of credit to my mother and my father just seeing how they had to come over from Nigeria and find a better life for themselves and for us. Just seeing how rough it was growing up and trying to basically survive so we could have a better life, how hard they used to have to work and sometimes not even see them throughout the day, not seeing them until the night time so we could have a better life. It kind of rubbed off on me and in order for me to achieve my goals and in order for me to be great like I want to, I know I have to work really hard and I think that’s why I do that now.”

On whether he felt like he needed to be paid while in college:

“I wasn’t even really worried about that topic. It was a great experience, my college career, and I wouldn’t change anything that I had. I wouldn’t change anything that I went through. Some people might believe that they do (deserve to be paid). You have some good reasons why people should get paid and you have some reasons why they shouldn’t. You can take both spectrums of the situation and make a positive assessment about it, but at the end of the day, I like it the way it is.”

On what it will be like to play in his first NBA game:

“It’s going to be a surreal feeling. You’ve been dreaming it all your life since you were a little kid and for you to actually live out your dream and step on the floor and put on the NBA jersey and play in the NBA and for the Orlando Magic, it’s really a blessing. I’m just going to continue counting them and hopefully the man upstairs keeps blessing me continuously.”

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  • HoosierTrav

    I love that his first NBA game is in Indiana. That crowd is going to be very pro-oladipo.

  • Katie M.

    Or Pro-ladipo…

  • SCHoosier

    Some nice comments about the importance of IU coaches in his development..I hope those get tweeted to our top ’14 recruits..and others.

  • b_side

    Not sure if this has been said just after the draft, but I’ve noticed in a lot of Dipo’s interviews that he tends to refer to the Magic as a “program.” It’s very collegiate in that regard. This isn’t a knock by any means, just an observation of how he perceives the NBA right now. Curious if that changes over time since the business side can rear its ugly head for many players.

    Maybe I’m looking too deep into it, but Oladipo’s phrasing seems akin to how he felt about Indiana in terms of joining a team at the bottom and wanting to be a part of the rebuilding process.

  • N71

    Pacers will end up with the Vic-tory though.

  • slojoe

    This is classic Vic. He wants to be the best in the NBA, but he wants his team and his teammates to be part of it. It’s not just me, but us. This guy is a winner, and the Magic fans are going to be pleased to have him.

  • Hardwood83

    I hope Vic has an outstanding game…..for the losing team.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    too late for him to change his mind and come back? just checking

  • thrawnjan

    I am worried that, now that the media has put Oladipo on a pedestal, the natural, business-driven reaction to any sort of temporary down-swings in his game will be exploited by overly negative and destructive coverage to generate interest.
    I hope his managers already prepare him for that side as well. And that he will get through it or never experience it in the first place.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    You touche’d the touche’. Nice!


    How could anyone that has been around this guy long enough to know what he is about not feel like he deserves EVERYTHING that is coming to him and more. I’m not saying that there is a high number of those kind out there but there are those that have that line of thinking. If one takes the number of those that feel like he isn’t justified in having what has come his way, you quickly have the number of people that don’t truly know him or know what he’s about. I could maybe see how someone that has just heard recent soundbites from him, and nothing else, could feel like he was just saying the things that he thought the right people wanted to hear and that it was all just lip service. Those of us that know him by more than just a few recent soundbites and clips know that, like I said, he deserves everything that is coming to him AND MORE !

    So, Vic, here’s a big thanks in advance for everything you will do for IU bball in the future and an even bigger thank you for everything that you have already done for all IU bball fans and our program, we already miss ya guy.

  • Rie

    A team as bad as the Magic really will not have this happen. Rookies are fun for the media to talk about before the season starts, but once it gets going, it is the large media markets and star players that garner the attention. Even if the Knicks and Lakers suck, which at least one of them surely will, they will be covered to the fullest extent. I mean how much did we hear about Damien Lillard and MKG last year, the Rookie of the Year and the second pick of the draft, respectively? Even absent the aforementioned, Victor is mentally though enough to endure the media, and as he said, he has dealt with the doubters throughout his entire basketball life.

  • HoosierTrav

    You win!

  • Jennifer G

    How funny! That was exactly what I thought too! PrOladipo!

  • notfargj

    love this kid.

    non sequitur: still bothered by the silver stripe on our socks, reminds me of OSU.

    see pic.