Could Olympic Oladipo be on the summer slate for 2016?
Reinhold Matay/Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Part of Victor Oladipo's busy offseason included working out with Team USA at its camp in Las Vegas., which should serve the Orlando Magic guard well. Past participants have raved about what they learned as they rubbed elbows with some of the NBA's greats. And showing up at the camp was mandatory for any player looking to be included in Team USA's 2016 Olympic roster, too.
With all of the talent on the potential squad, though, it's probably a long-shot that Oladipo will make the team. But that might not prevent him from appearing in the Olympics in Rio, according to the Magic's official team website. Oladipo will consider playing for Nigeria if he falls short of Team USA, although it's by no means a sure thing:
Oladipo's parents were born and raised in Nigeria, which qualified for the 2016 Games by winning the 2015 Fiba AfroBasket championship.
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“Playing in the Olympics is definitely a dream, but I’ll worry about it when the time comes. Right now, the focus is on winning games for the Orlando Magic,” Oladipo said on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, whatever (Olympic) opportunity appears on the table, it will be about making the right decision that’s best for me.”