A Bomber Jacket, Soul Music, and More: Victor Oladipo’s Seal of Approval

Victor Oladipo
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The Indiana Pacers guard and 2018 NBA Most Improved Player shares his thoughts on a soul-music legend, Tinseltown-inspired apparel, and other recent obsessions. —As told to J.R. Sullivan

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Black journal
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“I’m on the road a lot playing in different cities, and I never travel without my journal. It’s not really a diary, but each night, I make time to write down a few thoughts and feelings, to keep track of what’s happening on and off the court and to reflect a little. I’ve made a habit of it; it’s like brushing my teeth. It’s something I just do without thinking.”

Home Alone
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“To relax when I’m home in Indiana, I chill with my dogs, Apollo and Zeus, and watch movies. I usually throw on either Home Alone or Home Alone 2, or maybe some old-school Disney, like Mulan. I watch the same three or four movies over and over—all ones I grew up with. Nothing else matters when I watch them; I can just be nostalgic.”

Donny Hathaway
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“Basketball takes up most of my time, but I’ve been singing since I was a kid, and music is still a big part of my life. I like some new hip-hop, but I’m more into old-school R&B and soul, like Donny Hathaway. It’s hard to pick a favorite track, but ‘A Song for You’ is a good place to start.”

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