Denton: Oladipo Excited to Get Season Started


Oladipo’s exuberance and tendency to break out in songs shouldn’t be construed as the rookie blowing off the advice of the veteran players or him lacking intensity. Just the opposite is actually true of a 21-year-old Magic player who has been extremely receptive to advice and has worked hard to earn a spot in Orlando’s regular rotation.

Tuesday’s game in Indiana against the rugged Pacers will be the NBA debut for Oladipo, but he said he’s well aware that the intensity and physicality are about to pick up dramatically. And the player who was the No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft feels he is ready for the step up in competition.

``I’m really excited and getting this first year under my belt is going to be huge for me,’’ he said. ``I’m looking forward to having fun and learning throughout the season.’’

As if the start of Oladipo’s NBA career wasn’t already significant enough, he will be playing in Indianapolis, just 54 miles from the Indiana University campus where he evolved from an under-the-radar prospect to an All-American who turned around the Hoosiers program. When asked recently how many ticket requests he had gotten, Oladipo barked: ``Too many.’’ And on Sunday he said that he had started ignoring his phone because of all of the ticket requests he had gotten from college friends and family.



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