Okafor of old a new treat
Noting the sports world:
• The best news for the Charlotte Bobcats this season has to be the re-emergence of big man Emeka Okafor.
Okafor missed about two-thirds of the Bobcats' games last season because of a severe ankle injury -- coach Bernie Bickerstaff calls the lost season Okafor's "sabbatical." Even before getting hurt, Okafor had looked too bulky and had regressed slightly from the superb player who was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2004-05.
But this season, Okafor has been jumping around as if there were hidden springs in his legs, as one opposing player already has noted. He leads the NBA in blocks (4.33 per game).
In the fourth quarter of Charlotte's upset win against Cleveland and LeBron James Saturday night, Okafor showed his old shooting touch with a couple of soft bank shots. He still gets into foul trouble too often, but his teammates are learning to trust him again.
"We honestly didn't know what to expect," Charlotte's Gerald Wallace said of Okafor. "He'd been gone so long. We didn't know where he wanted the ball or how he would fit in. But it's working out. And I can say this for certain -- we've got our shot-blocker back."
I've been loving that when we drafted him I expected him to be among the league leaders in shots blocked every year, and that was something that I was dissapointed in. Looks like that shift to the C and the defensive freedom that comes with it has worked wonders.