Victor Oladipo went down Wednesday night with horrible knee injury and was carried off the court on a stretcher during the Indiana Pacers’ 110-106 win over the Toronto Raptors. The team’s All-Star guard is now out for the rest of the year with ruptured quad tendon, the team announced Thursday, and will need surgery to repair it.
It’s a devastating injury for anyone to suffer, but Oladipo was also the Pacers’ leading scorer, averaging 18.8 points per game this season — though Indiana could still make a playoff run without him.
Saturday on Instagram, Oladipo posted a long and emotional but inspiring message about how heartbreaking this injury is for him, as well as his family and support system, but he was moved by the encouraging words he’s received and vowed that he “will be back better than ever”.
On Instagram, Oladipo wrote:
I can’t even lie the last few months have been really tough for not only me but for my family as well. You give it your all, literally your blood, sweat and tears to the game you love and things like this happen. No matter how much hard work and effort you put into perfecting your craft you cannot predict the challenges you’ll face ahead. But there is always that point in time where you wonder why it’s happening to you. You even wonder if there was something you could have done differently to prevent the outcome. The confusion, the contemplation, the anger, the sadness and the tears that flow frequently come, but they never last. The amount of support, love and prayers that I have received over the past few days have been breathtaking and has truly inspired me to come back even better than before. Thank you to everyone including all my teammates, pacer fans and staff. Thank you to all the NBA fans around the world and all my brothers around the league who texted, called, tweeted and posted me I am truly thankful. It’s going to be tough but tough times don’t last tough people do. It’s time for me to truly practice what I preach and trust my God in heaven and the plan he has for me. I will be back better than ever and if you question that well, thank you. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world! I am #UnBreakable.
The Indiana Pacers guard suffered a season-ending injury Wednesday.