Denton: Magic at Wizards Analysis (12/2/13)


Also in attendance was Oladipo’s father, Chris, who rarely attended Oladipo’s games while in high school at DeMatha Catholic and in college at Indiana University. Oladipo admitted the magnitude of the moment hit him hard on Monday night.

``It’s incredible and words can’t describe (the feeling), really, to be able to come home and play in front of my family and friends. And my father was here today, so it’s a blessing, really,’’ Oladipo said.

``I was just out there playing (during the game), but before the game when I was warming up, it hit me,’’ he added. ``It’s just a surreal feeling. It’s just a blessed opportunity and now we’ve just got to get a win. … It’s amazing (for his dad to be able to come) and he sat next to my agent and they shared words. It was nice for him to be able to come and I appreciate him for doing that. I wish I could have won and played a little better, but I’ll live to play another day.’’

Oladipo, Orlando’s starter at point guard, had 13 points, six rebounds and two assists, but he did not play in the fourth quarter. He turned the ball over just once in 27 minutes. He made four of 12 shots, but did have a spectacular driving dunk in the second quarter.

``I’m tired of coming to D.C. and losing,’’ Oladipo said, referring to previous losses in his college career. ``I’ve come a long way. I went to (high school) not too far from here, elementary school right down the street from there. To be able to say that I played here on an elite level is an amazing feeling.

``Like I tell (the media) all of the time, I would have been the last person to tell you that I would have been here, so I’m just blessed and fortunate,’’ he added.


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