Victor Oladipo speaks out on season debut with Miami Heat: ‘My whole life I’ve been resilient’

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After getting injured nearly a year ago, Victor Oladipo finally made his return to game action for the Miami Heat on Monday against the Houston Rockets.

He scored 11 points and dished off four assists in 15 minutes, and afterward, he talked about his mindset as far as his recovery.

Oladipo has been riddled with injuries for the past few years. He had a ruptured quad back in the 2018-19 campaign and has struggled to stay healthy ever since.

Prior to that quad ailment, he was an All-Star caliber player who was known for his speed and quickness. He was named to the NBA’s midseason classic twice, and he also earned All-Defensive First Team and Most Improved Player honors in 2018.

Oladipo originally came into the league as the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Against Houston, he was efficient, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. The Heat flexed their defensive muscles against the Rockets to earn a 123-106 win.

For Miami, Tyler Herro led the way by exploding for 31 points, while Jimmy Butler added 21 points. As a team, the heat shot a sizzling 14-of-31 from beyond the arc.

The victory put them three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The next two games for Miami will be tough, as it will face the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Later this month the Heat will play the Sixers and Golden State Warriors.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.