Jahlil Okafor has had a turbulent first year in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers rookie center got into some trouble early in the season for two separate physical altercations, resulting in some limits on his life off the court. Then Friday it was announced by the team that Okafor will undergo “minor” surgery on his meniscus and miss at least six weeks.
Here’s the statement from GM Sam Hinkie:
“Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated. After a comprehensive series of tests and additional evaluation by our medical team, it was revealed that he has a small tear of the meniscus. Jahlil will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure to address the injury. Timing and details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days.
“Our medical team will continually monitor and evaluate Jahlil’s progress, and we anticipate he will resume full basketball activities in approximately six weeks.”
Okafor becomes the third Philadelphia big man lottery pick to suffer significant injuries their rookie seasons. However, Jahlil Okafor actually played a good chunk of the season, Nerlens Noel missed his entire first year after being drafted, and Joel Embid has been out for the past two seasons without playing a single minute.
Okafor was averaging 17.5 points, seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30 minutes a night for the Sixers before the injury.
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