Oladipo was named MVP (Most Valuable Player), which came with a big shiny trophy, in the exhibition match between Team Africa and Team World played at the Ticketpro Dome on Saturday.
“I have to come back. I have no choice. I have to come and defend this (the MVP trophy),” Oladipo said.
The next edition would be an emotional affair for Oladipo, should Nigeria get the nod as the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, revealed that this match will not be staged in South Africa next year as part of their plan to take it across the continent.
Nigeria are strong favourites to host it with huge interest for the sport in Africa’s most populous nation. That would give Oladipo an opportunity to dazzle in the country of his mother's, Joan Amanze Oladipo, birth.
The fans who packed the Dome will also remember his flamboyance that entertained the crowd to give them their monies' worth. It was nothing new to Oladipo, whose game is characterised by his flashy moves and athleticism.
Subconsciously the drive to play like that could have been shaped by the desire to impress his father, Dr Christopher Oladipo, who was never a fan of his son choosing basketball. Oladipo senior hardly comes to watch his son in action. He has argued that he does that so that he doesn’t put pressure on Victor, saying that when he does come to watch him play he prefers to do so without his knowledge or him seeing him. Regardless of what the motivation is, Oladipo is a marvel to watch on the