Jahlil Okafor Out For Season
Jahlil Okafor, rookie center for the Philadelphia 76ers, was having an impressive first season in the NBA. Up until February 28, Okafor was averaging 17.5 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game and 1.2 blocks per game. For a rookie with a lot of time to improve, those numbers are a great sign of what’s to come.
However, the 76ers are going to have to put a hold on all of that for now. On Friday, the team announced that Okafor will be needing surgery on his right knee, stating that he had suffered a small tear of the meniscus. The surgery, unfortunately, will cause the rookie to miss the rest of the season.
The team announced:
“It will take six weeks before he’s able to get going practicing again and get back on the court, and so based on the [timetable], that is correct [that he’ll miss the rest of the season],” said Philadelphia’s head coach, Brett Brown.
Okafor originally injured his knee towards the end of a game against the Orlando Magic. He accidentally collided with Isaiah Canaan, his teammate, which caused him to miss the next four games. On Wednesday, the team decided to sit him out against the Houston Rockets due to more soreness in the knee.
Injuries Piling Up
Okafor’s injury isn’t the only things shaking up Philly fans. In Friday’s matchup versus the Brooklyn Nets, another collision between 76ers’ teammates occurred. This time, it was the foot of Jerami Grant that knocked Robert Covington on the head. Jerami Grant had moved into the starting lineup after it was announced that Okafor would need surgery.
Ultimately, Covington left the game on a stretcher and is now getting precautionary tests done on his neck. On the other hand, Jerami Grant is currently being evaluated for a concussion. Grant possibly hit his head on the floor after his foot kicked Covington.