HoopsHype Emeka Okafor rumors

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In a scenario that has been oddly reminiscent of the cloak of secrecy that surrounded the knee injury to shooting guard Eric Gordon, injured Hornets center Emeka Okafor was said to be undergoing additional tests on his sore left knee, according to Coach Monty Williams. The Hornets have not revealed the nature or extent of Okafor's injury, other than to describe it as "a sore left knee." He was not at the team's shootaround when the media was allowed access Monday morning, but he was on the bench Monday night. Okafor shed little light on the injury after a 73-71 loss to his old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. "I've just got to take a little more time," said Okafor, who has missed 15 games in a row. Asked specifically what the diagnosis was, Okafor said, "It's going to take time. It's a sore knee, has a little swelling. It's going to take more time. I'd rather not get into specifics about what happened." New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 12, 2012 Updates

While the team is continuing to be vague about the nature and extent of his injury, Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Monday that center Emeka Okafor was having further tests done on the knee and seeking opinions from other physicians. Okafor has missed the last 14 games with the issue, which has never been described as anything other than a sore knee. Okafor was not present at the team's shootaround Monday at New Orleans Arena in advance of tonight's game against Okafor's old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Williams said Okafor has had his knee drained at least once in the last several weeks. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 9, 2012 Updates

Though the Pacers, Celtics and Heat are among the teams registering interest in Chris Kaman, the Hornets also have explored moving Emeka Okafor, who is owed $28 million over the next two seasons. CBSSports.com

February 16, 2012 Updates

New Orleans center Emeka Okafor could be out for an extended period. Okafor sat out his second straight game Wednesday and did not accompany the team for the start of its six-game road trip. Hornets coach Monty Williams would not offer a timetable on how long Okafor will be sidelined. “It’s one of those weird deals,” Williams said. “I’m not going to get too detailed about that. It is what it is.” HoopsWorld

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Jimmy Smith: #Hornets Jarrett Jack and Emeka Okafor will not be at workout today. Jack arrives this PM and Okafor out of country. Twitter

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The foul Kobe Bryant committed against New Orleans center Emeka Okafor in Game 5 was upgraded to a flagrant one. Bryant snacked Okafor across the face and neck with 3:14 left in the game Tuesday night at Staples Center but was called for just a foul on the play. But after the NBA reviewed the play, Bryant had his foul upgraded. Los Angeles Times

April 25, 2011 Updates

Hornets coach Monty Williams says he put in calls to NBA headquarters to ask why game officials were allowing Lakers’ big men to stand in the paint under the New Orleans basket for more than 3 seconds and aggressively bump defenders out of the way. Williams says he has spoken to NBA Vice President Stu Jackson in particular about the way Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum slammed his shoulder into Emeka Okafor’s chest to gain position for easy dunks in Game 3. Williams says league officials were “gracious” and agreed with some of his criticism. Yahoo! Sports

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Emeka Okafor is one those key cogs that has yet to appear in a single playoff game. It's clear achieving a postseason berth is a huge goal for the 28 year old starting center – if not an obsession. "I want to make it so bad," Okafor told HOOPSWORLD with passion on his desire to play in the postseason. "It's right there and I haven't made it man. Since I've been in the NBA, the playoffs are like a fairytale to me." HoopsWorld

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