ESPN sports expert Stephen A. Smith offered a bold statement noting that the trade of Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets to the Miami Heat was not something that sparked much excitement from his former team.
Smith made his comments during “Take One” noting that the Rockets’ poor performance with Oladipo was at least part of the reason behind their apparent lack of concern about his departure.
“In Houston, they were 4-16 with him,” Smith said. “4-16, and let’s not forget that there were people there who didn’t care if he left. They didn’t care if he left. So we must also take that into account.
“I don’t know what’s going on, and I’m not here to blame you again. I like the brother. I believe in him. I think it has a lot of potential. The moment your health is restored, you can be a star in this league again. I’m just not imagining that what I’ve seen from Oladipo will work this year in Miami. “
Oladipo is currently producing on the court with numbers very close to what he was delivering before serious injuries forced him to miss important parts of the final NBA seasons.
Now, the Heat surely hope Oladipo can get them back on track in the 2020-21 season. They have lost six games in a row.
Despite Smith’s claim, Heat fans are undoubtedly excited about Oladipo’s pending debut and more focused on his future with the team than on his recent past.