You already knew that Victor Oladipo fancies himself something of a crooner. That’s been clear ever since he serenaded fans at the 2015 Dunk Contest at the Barclays Center with a very apropos version of “New York, New York,” all while outfitted in the top half of a tuxedo. College hoops fans may remember Oladipo’s performances of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “U Got It Bad” from when he was at Indiana.
The new Oklahoma City Thunder guard was back onstage this weekend at a Florida water park, only this time as a humble participant of a bona fide talent show, where he brought the house down with R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Via TMZ:
“I definitely won. I came in first place. It was pretty cool,” Oladipo said. “I’ve probably been singing since I was like seven or eight years old. My momma made me sing in the church growing up, so it was kind of a hidden talent of mine for a while, but over the years I’ve kinda been getting out of my shell…a lot of NBA players rap, but there ain’t too many that sing. I think it could be something feathery for me, so you know, it’s all about living that feathery lifestyle, so that’s what I try to do.”
Oladipo was part of a major trade this summer that sent him and a couple of other Orlando Magic teammates to OKC in exchange for Serge Ibaka. With Kevin Durant gone, he’ll have big shoes to fill this coming season as the Thunder try to transition into the organization’s next stage.