Oladipo ready for new challenge with Rockets

Victor Oladipo says his goal with the Rockets is to win and exhaust his potential
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By SportsRadio 610

Victor Oladipo didn't see it coming.

After finishing a workout at the hotel he and his Indiana Pacer teammates were staying at in San Francisco, the two-time NBA All Star found out he was being traded to the Rockets.

"I had no warning, or anything like that beforehand," Oladipo said following his first practice with his new team. "It's the business side of it. It's not the first time it's happened like this, so it wasn't shocking, but as a human being the emotions start rushing."

Oladipo joined the Rockets right before Saturday's loss in San Antonio, watching the game from the bench in street clothes. He'll suit up for his new team on Monday in Chicago and impressed with what he's seen during his first two days as a Rocket.

"My first impression has been amazing," he said. "Especially, my new teammates. Guys have been great. Very welcoming, very down to Earth, very good people, so I'm blessed and fortunate to be here."

The feeling is mutual.

"All our background on him was wonderful," Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said. "Really, really good guy. I was able to spend some time with him (Saturday), really fun."

Stone traded for Oladipo knowing he'll be a free agent once the season ends, and said he'll use the next few months to decide what his future will be with the team.

"Your hope is that it's a perfect marriage," Stone said. "He's an extremely talented player, he's a two-way player. He's played an extraordinarily high level. He obviously took a significant injury, and he's back, he's already really, really good, but I think his own mind, and in ours there's still room to grow which is really exciting."

Two years ago Oladipo tore a tendon in his quad. He missed the second half of the 2018-19 season and played in only 13 games last season, which puts him a similar boat as almost all his new teammates: They are either returning from a serious injury or been overlooked somewhere along the course of their career, so they all have a chip on their shoulder.

"I play with the same chip," Oladipo said. "To be able to join a unit that has the same mentality, the same goal, usually good things happen."

Oladipo has one goal in mind.

"To win, and win and win and win some more. Exhaust my potential here and go out there and and be me, be V.O. to the highest level and help this team win."