For the past two games, Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers has not played at all due to right knee soreness. But, will he ever play for the Sixers’ again?
“I’m a complete prisoner to his body and medical news,” coach Brett Brown told The Philadelphia Inquirer regarding Okafor. “We will react when the medical people tell me.”
Who is Jahlil Okafor?
Jahlil Okafor was the third pick in the 2015 draft. In Duke, Okafor was a dominant beast, which lead the Philadelphia 76ers‘ choosing him to help their team out.
They made a good choice, as he averaged 17.5 points per game last year. This was with him only playing 30 minutes on average per game. Jahlil also managed to get 7.0 rebounds a game with 1.2 blocks.
These stats looked like he was going to be a dominant player in the NBA later in his career.
The Right Knee
Due to his right knee, Okafor missed out a total of 9 games so far this season.
Some people think it is time to let Okafor stop playing this season since there are only 9 games left for the 76ers. According to Okafor, he says the team doesn’t want him to play because they are very cautious about his knee. This might have to do with Ben Simmons’ injury, which made him miss the whole season.
“If we were like on the verge of trying to get a playoff spot or something like that, I could go out there and play,” Okafor said last week. “But Coach Brown and all of our people behind the scenes don’t believe it’s necessary for me to play if my knee is feeling sore and stuff like that. It’s pretty much how they’ve been since I’ve been a Sixer.” (http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/41727/nba-rumor-central-will-sixers-shut-down-jahlil-okafor-2)
What are your thoughts on the 76ers not letting Okafor play the rest of this season? Do you think it is a necessary move, or does it even matter? Comment below.