Pacers’ Oladipo could miss start of next season

Victor Oladipo of the Pacers could miss the beginning to the 2019-20 season.

Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers suffered a torn right quadriceps tendon in January and missed the rest of the season.

According to Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, Oladipo could miss the first part of the 2019-20 season, as well.

“He might be out a little bit,” Pritchard said of Oladipo, according to Matthew VanTryon of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m hopeful he’ll be back December or January.”

The team has never put a solid timetable for Oladipo’s return, something Pritchard reinforced on May 1.

“I don’t think it’s right to say, ‘Well, we know he’s going to be back,” he said. “He’ll be back at this time.’ Because the truth is, the body heals at a different rate for every person.”

Oladipo himself has emphasized patience during the rehabilitation process.

“I know my body more better than ever than now going through this rehab process,” he told the Star in May. “It’s like relearning my body. I’ll know what to do what not to do, not to overdo it.”