For a week, Victor Oladipo has found his way to the parquet floors. For the second time in three years, the Heat guard has undergone a long rehabilitation after a right quadriceps tendon injury.
But there is a clear difference between his current period and that of 2019, following his first operation.
“I felt like there was an unusual imbalance in my body. As soon as I moved, I could feel it”, he explains to The Athletic. “Like someone stabs my knee with a knife every morning. “
The intervention of January 2019, carried out “incorrectly” according to the former Indiana, had therefore clearly not solved his problems. On the contrary, because of her, he was weighed down for many months, before he returned to the pool table in April 2021, to treat the same injury.
“I don’t blame anyone”he explains, referring to this failed operation. “But going through all of that affected me. I had the impression that people were ignoring me, that they were strange around me. The basketball world had forgotten me. It was weird, and I didn’t help myself either. I had to change the people around me, those who represented me. We put our life, our career in the hands of certain people and unfortunately, they make mistakes. It’s a lesson I learned. I trust my instincts more than ever. “
The former double All-Star has indeed separated from his agent to hire another, and now he is back on his feet. It had been a long time since he had felt so good in his movements.
“I had forgotten what it was like to bend over without feeling any pain,” he remembers when he thinks back to certain moments of his rehabilitation. “I know when I’m good and I’m 100% physically. I don’t need to worry about anything anymore except staying in shape. “
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