Storyline: Brown-Okafor Dynamic

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Jahlil Okafor: I just wanted to play basketball — that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. But I didn’t fit into Philly’s plans. And I totally understood why Coach couldn’t play me. They’re trying to build those guys into a playoff contender — and I wasn’t going to be there when that happened. So it didn’t make sense for them to have me in the rotation. But, man, it’s still tough. And you still want to play.

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Okafor contended that he was relegated to independent conditioning work during his time in Philadelphia, suggesting that the Sixers’ coaching staff did not commit time to his development. Sixers coach Brett Brown took umbrage with that statement. “Jahlil knows what we did here,” Brown said. “It’s a young person who gave a quote. I have read that. I think everybody understands how we treat people here and the attention he received while he was here. That’s my reaction.”

“He has been a star,” Brown said of Okafor following Monday’s 113-96 setback to the Detroit Pistons. Brown’s level of respect has a lot to do with how well Okafor has handled his situation. Okafor has remained a good teammate and continued to work hard on his game despite the trade talk. And he continues to hold his head high. “We remind him, ‘Go read your resume,’ ” Brown said. ” ‘You go have a look at who you are.’ And he’s got a lot to be proud of on the court.”

Meanwhile, Okafor didn’t play at all vs. the Celtics, as Brown inserted Noel into the rotation and moved Okafor out, at least temporarily. That marked the first time in Okafor’s 1½-year pro career he was a “DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision).” Okafor needs to be a starter, but that won’t happen with Embiid here. Noel is better than Okafor in a reserve role because of his defensive work. “We are learning,” Brown told reporters afterward. “It’s difficult to play three ‘bigs’ in a 48-minute window.”
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