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Victor Oladipo: ‘I’m one of the best players in the world. Period.’

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 29:: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Miami Heat against the Boston Celtics during game seven of the Eastern Conference Final at FTX Arena on May 29, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Victor Oladipo says he is going on his “revenge tour” this coming season, “I’m talking about God’s revenge.” He is working out with Russell Westbrook (who needs a revenge tour of his own). Injuries and surgeries (and a surgery to fix the other surgeries) have slowed Oladipo, a former All-NBA player, for the past four years, but he is finally healthy and wants to show the world he is back and the player he was before those injuries.

He’s not lacking confidence, as he said in an appearance on The Vince Carter Show podcast.

He said elsewhere in the podcast:

“They messed up my surgery, I sat back. I tore my quad, I sat back. But now it’s my time to rise. I truly believe that. So that’s the revenge tour. That’s what it’s all about. It’s one day at a time. It’s a constant grind every day. That’s what I’m focused on doing.”

That’s the kind of confidence you expect from an elite athlete.

Miami believed in him enough to sign Oladipo to a two-year, $18.2 million contract (the second season is a player option). With P.J. Tucker gone and Erik Spoelstra looking to keep Jimmy Butler’s regular season minutes under control, opportunities open up in the rotation and Oladipo is going to get his shot at his revenge tour — he could be the upgrade Miami was looking for this season (an upgrade they are still looking for on the trade market).

Injuries limited Oladipo to just eight regular season games with the Heat last season, and in the end both he and Markieff Morris were getting squeezed out of the rotation. But in the playoffs Oladipo saw his minutes rise (injuries to Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler played gave him the opening), playing more than 24 minutes a night and averaging 10.6 points a game. Oladipo played well in the first two rounds against the Hawks and 76ers, but against the longer and more aggressive defense of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, he struggled (shooting 30.6%).

Oladipo is a quiet key for the Heat this season, more will be asked of him.

Oladipo believes he is ready for the task — the man is not lacking for confidence.