Victor Oladipo has achieved two of his childhood dreams in the last week.
On Tuesday, he started participating in his first NBA training camp.
And the other day, through a stroke of luck, he met one of his childhood idols, former Orlando Magic superstar Tracy McGrady. McGrady offered Oladipo some advice on how to handle the pressures of a rookie season.
“It was kind of just an interesting moment, because it was Tracy McGrady,” Oladipo recalled before the Magic started practice today. “I grew up watching him. For him to actually want to give me advice was pretty cool. It’s all just been a blessing really.”
Oladipo said his meeting with McGrady occurred by chance.
Oladipo saw the seven-time All-Star somewhere in Central Florida and walked up to McGrady to introduce himself.
They started to talk.
When he was a child, Oladipo looked up to McGrady.
“It was one of my first jerseys I’ve ever bought: a Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic jersey in seventh grade,” Oladipo said, smiling.
What advice did McGrady give?
“Just bascially to work hard,” Oladipo said. “Never stop working hard. Never be satisfied. The sky’s the limit if I do that.”
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun