Victor Oladipo was calm, cool and collected while addressing the media after the Pacers were eliminated from the playoffs in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
As he did all season, Oladipo answered questions intended to elicit an emotional response without giving any newsworthy quotes. Never too hyped up after wins, never too down after losses.
But Oladipo broke from his M.O. while standing up for his team, expressing pride in what they accomplished by earning the respect of the league with their surprise season. Oh, and if media or fans don’t respect the Pacers, then the feeling is mutual.
“If y’all don’t respect the Indiana Pacers now, I have no respect for you,” Oladipo told the media. “That’s just how I feel. Nobody thought we were going to be here -- not one person -- but us in the locker room. I feel like we’ve earned our respect from everyone now.”
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