Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo has struggled to return to his 2018-19 All-Star form over the past few years, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort.
The one-time All-Defensive First Team member has been bogged down by a myriad of injuries that have prevented him from earning consistent minutes. That said, when he does play – Oladipo looks good.
In the playoffs last season he averaged 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.5 minutes per game over the course of 15 playoff outings. Thanks in part to his efforts, Miami came within one Jimmy Butler three of the NBA Finals.
Oladipo has been hard at work all summer working to return to his All-Star caliber self, so it’s easy to imagine his likely surprise when he saw why he was trending on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon.
Victor Oladipo out here wildn😭 pic.twitter.com/Ujdkf6zxSi
— Uncle Drew (@UncleDrewGB) September 14, 2022
I thought Victor Oladipo was out here wildn for a sec😭😭 pic.twitter.com/AtUNelJJOI
— Prez💵 (@DeadPrezidentss) September 14, 2022
Reactions on social media to the video poured in immediately:
Heat definitely going to win the chip https://t.co/5yzg6Bvmpd
— jamess (@itsjamesbud) September 15, 2022
Look like he not enjoying this at all https://t.co/1pYaQKRHAK
— 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐍 ٭ (@DeniqueNashay) September 15, 2022
How I need my next cut https://t.co/02BA2LRVTX
— MIKE MYERS (@300stunna_) September 15, 2022
Let that man live! Smh https://t.co/xR6NJXU6Mg
— The Only Blue U Kno (@Theonlyblueukno) September 15, 2022
How I’m tryna get a haircut https://t.co/XcjWXC4Eux
— Alfredo (@Alfredoo977) September 15, 2022
Miami changes a man. This why Tyler Herro didn’t wanna be traded. https://t.co/jC0qiXPTKh
— Chris (@cc_knows_best) September 15, 2022
Now, to be clear, the man in that video really doesn’t appear to be Oladipo. A point some fans attempted to highlight:
that’s not een bro, y’all funny as hell https://t.co/67pM3a1H0p
— marley (@marleymarrl) September 15, 2022
That absolutely cannot be victor oladipo https://t.co/0aYTXkzRFi
— Lorencz (@Lorencz13) September 15, 2022
That’s not him tho lol https://t.co/Bgmul090k0
— (ablos Nephew) Malcom Luther (@bangbang_primo) September 15, 2022
This ain’t him https://t.co/gjen1gmzui
— Black Bruce Wayne (@Yeezy__808) September 14, 2022
But it didn’t matter to the internet. When Twitter gets going, there’s no stopping that train.
It will be interesting to see if Oladipo comes out and addresses this situation at all. He felt the need to do so when there was all that chatter about him and Butler beefing.
This is obviously a different story, though.
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 14, 2022
Stay tuned. If Oladipo actually addresses this video in any capacity, the man will undoubtedly go down as an all-time legend on the internet.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.