What Is Going On With Jahlil Okafor’s Knee?
Over the last two season Jahlil Okafor has missed 52 games and a majority of those absences are due to Knee problems. After being selected as the Third Overall Pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, his rookie season ended early due to having arthroscopic surgery to repair a slightly torn right meniscus. Over the course of his second NBA season, Okafor is averaging almost eight minutes less per game which can be directly linked to him averaging less Points and Rebounds Per Game compared to last season.
Philadelphia Inquirer Sixers Beat Writer Keith Pompey joined Mike Gill on Monday with his perspective on the situation surrounding Okafor's Knee Issues:
"He has been having knee soreness off and on since he became a Sixer; I remember in the beginning of Training Camp his rookie year he had some problems with certain things and then whenever you talk to him he's always saying that it's one of these things were the team is just being cautious, 'there's nothing wrong with my knee'. But then when you factor in that there are nine games that we know about that he missed because of his knee it has to be a concern, there has to be some questions. And the reason why I said nine games that we know about, because there were other games he just didn't play and it was because one of them was he had a Stomach Flu, a couple other games it was because Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid were the first and second string Centers so he didn't get any play....I understand his trade stock and all that stuff, but there's only nine games left and if he missed the last two and you got Thiago Splitter coming back, rejoined the team, he probably will play in the coming days, I don't think you should play (Okafor). If (his knee) is sore right now, there's no need to make it get worse then what it is."
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