Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (2/25/14)



Oladipo grew up approximately 12 miles from D.C.’s Verizon Center, and returning home is always extra special to him. While he was surrounded with a loving family while growing up, he also had plenty of doubters along the way who questioned if he would ever play at powerful DeMatha Catholic High or get a college scholarship. He did just that, starring at Indiana University and ultimately rising to the No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft.

Oladipo had a dozen friends and family members in the crowd, but he said he kept his focus more on the game than spending time with family this time around. He admitted some relief that his debut in Washington came back in December and this time he could focus simply on basketball.

He led the Magic with 26 points, but he wasn’t happy with losing once again near his hometown.

``My family and friends are here and it’s always special to play in front of them, but I would rather win the game,’’ Oladipo said. ``Again, it’s all a learning process and our time will come.’’