Emeka Okafor, the former No. 2 overall pick who has been out of the NBA for three seasons, has decided to attempt a comeback with an eye toward joining a “contending team” in December or January. Okafor’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed that Okafor, who last played for the Washington Wizards in 2012-13 before suffering a herniated disc in his neck, is in the gym training and working on his conditioning. “He’s probably five or six months away,” Schwartz said. “He’s been working hard rehabbing. For some guys that means one thing. To Emeka, who understands his body as well or better than some trainers that have worked with him, it means something else. He’s healthy. He feels great, but he’s a perfectionist, and he wants everything to be right.”
September 30, 2016 | 8:56 pm EDT Update
So after three years of Ballmer’s ownership, it might just be long enough to draw some conclusions. Most importantly, according to Clippers insiders, is his commitment to keeping both Griffin and Paul long term no matter what it costs.
Green had no tell-tale symptoms. The Celtics’ brass had anxiously called him into a meeting with doctors after receiving the results. He was entering his fifth NBA season and feeling indestructible like most 26-year-olds. He remembers being unable to say a word for about an hour and a half after being delivered the stunning news. What ran through his mind? “Tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow. “Your first thought is: Am I going to live? Basketball was an afterthought. Would I see another day?”
“It makes you appreciate life, everything, a little more,” he said after the Magic’s practice on Friday. “Sometimes you can get into a phase where you takes things for granted, especially each day. When you go through something life-threatening, something that could change something you love, it makes you appreciate it much more. “I’m blessed to see another day. For something like that, with any strenuous activity, the tissue could rupture. Could have died, quite frankly. I’m grateful to the doctors in Boston that detected the aneurysm.”