Victor Oladipo appeared on Sirius XM NBA Radio and had a conversation with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson today and shared his experience with Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan.
“He was awesome,” said Oladipo when asked how good his coach was for him last year. “… He’s honest with me, but at the same time he holds me accountable, tells me what I need to do better.”
In one particular example, Oladipo said that after a road loss to the Detroit Pistons early in the season while they were watching film, Nate gave him some important advice.
“He said, ‘You want to be great?'” Oladipo said. “I said, ‘Of course.’ He was like, ‘Man, you got to become more of an a******. People got to hate being on the floor with you. People got to hate guarding you.'”
Safe to say that Oladipo took that to heart as he became a nightmare for opposing teams to guard every night becoming the Most Improved Player, All-Star, First-Team All Defense monster that he is.
“When he said it, it just stuck to me like glue,” Oladipo said.
Johnson was once a teammate with McMillan and praised him as a teammate which made him ask Oladipo about him as a coach.
It’s hard to think of Oladipo as anything other than the master of positivity, but when it comes to opponents, he’s not being nice. McMillan will likely be the first coach in Oladipo’s career that he’s had for two full consecutive seasons after playing for a different coach in each of his first five years in the league.
McMillan, on the other hand, might need to work on his language. He accidentally dropped an f-bomb during a press conference during the playoffs.