Elie Okobo Rumors

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Elie Okobo
Elie Okobo
Position: G
Born: 10/23/97
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $1,416,852

Two Suns players test positive for COVID-19

Two Phoenix Suns players have tested positive for coronavirus, sources have informed The Arizona Republic. The positive tests led to Suns temporarily shutting down voluntary workouts at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, sources say. Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo, Frank Kaminsky III, Dario Saric, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Jalen Lecque and Cheick Diallo have participated in them based on a video the team posted earlier this month in their “Don’t Sleep on Basketball” series. The players were having workouts at the arena Tuesday morning. There has been a notable increase in COVID-19 cases in Arizona.
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Mike Vorkunov: Julius Randle tried to make a beeline for Elie Okobo at the buzzer and had to be stopped by ref Ed Malloy and teammates. Looked like the two had some words before the last play, then Okobo tossed the ball at Randle’s feet at the end. Some drama at the end of a Suns blowout win

Team owner Robert Sarver, president and CEO Jason Rowley, general manager James Jones and Suns players Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and Booker joined Ayton at the Scottsdale restaurant. Ocean 44 looked to donate the proceeds raised from food and alcohol sales of the first 250 dinners to UNICEF on behalf of the hurricane victims. The restaurant ended up writing a check for 37,040.25 while Sarver donated $10,000.
Booker finished with a game-high 26 points, but took issues with the officiating and his team’s play all night. It reached a boiling point when rookie point guard De’Anthony Melton once again turned the ball over after stepping out of bounds. “Take his ass out,” Booker shouted across the court to Suns coach Igor Kokoskov. “Put Elie in the game”
Storyline: Phoenix Suns Turmoil?
A young​ Elie Okobo​ did​ not​ watch​ Saturday-morning cartoons before heading to his​ basketball games.​ He​ watched replays​ of​ San​​ Antonio Spurs games broadcast from thousands of miles away, dazzled by fellow Frenchman and point guard Tony Parker. Less than two weeks ago, Okobo sat down at swanky Scottsdale seafood restaurant Ocean 44 to share a postgame dinner with Parker. The two had just guarded each other in Charlotte’s win at Phoenix. Parker’s teammate, Nic Batum, and former Suns and Spurs player Boris Diaw joined them. The meal epitomized the bond NBA players from France share, even when they are opponents on the floor or their playing careers have concluded. Okobo, aka “Young Frenchie,” is the latest to join that club, already contributing to the Suns as a rookie and occasionally matching up against his childhood idol. “I want to be this guy one day, the guy that the (French) kids look up to,” Okobo said. “I think I’m on my way. I gotta keep working.”
Diaw understands Okobo’s first-year learning curve in both the NBA and the U.S. Through frequent text exchanges, Diaw preaches patience, strong work ethic and reacting positively to adversity such as sporadic playing time and mounting losses for this young Suns team. “Little by little, I think (Okobo) can be somebody that they can count on for on-ball defense, as well as being able to spark some offense,” Diaw said. “He’s somebody that’s pretty versatile and can do different things on the court. … What he can control is how he’s practicing every day (and) how he wants to learn.”
Okobo was most impressed with how Parker calmly used ball screens and surveyed the defense for large chunks of the shot clock. Parker, meanwhile, praised Okobo’s potential — and that his lefty handle and shot makes him “a pain in the butt to guard.” “He’s got all the tools to be a good point guard in this league …” Parker said. “Then, it’s all about getting opportunities and making sure he gets a coach who can trust him.”
Kokoskov said Melton and Okobo are “very close in a good way” but believes the two will determine their own fate in terms of earning playing time. “The only way you can see what you can get from a player is if you have to play them,” Kokoskov said. “We’re going to play those guys and as the game and the season progresses, some decisions are going to be made clear or it’s going to be made primarily by them.”
Okobo, who has played in three of Phoenix’s first five games, scored 12 points in Saturday’s loss at Memphis, but isn’t frowning on the G-League. “That’s a good thing,” Okobo said. “I don’t want to take this as a negative option. It would give me playing time. I’ll be able to improve, too. You play, you compete and you get better.”
Isaiah Canaan, Shaquille Harrison, rookie De’Anthony Melton and Okobo have had their moments this preseason, but the Suns need more out of that position. “Overall, their energy and presence are there,” first-year Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said. “A lot of mistakes. There’s a lot of room for improvement.”
Elie Okobo was admittedly nervous going up against three-time NBA All-Star Damian Lillard in his first start of the preseason Friday night. The rookie from France got over those jitters, but he was unhappy with his performance. “I think I need to play with more confidence, to be able to bring something to the team,” Okobo said. “Then it will be better for me and for the team, too. I need to be consistent every time I step on the court. That’s what I need to improve on and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
But, of course, with Knight gone, the Suns now have an opening at point guard. Well, at least from McDonough’s perspective, that opening is a point guard with real experience. Elie Okobo and Melton were both just selected in the second round of the NBA Draft, Shaquille Harrison has 23 games of NBA experience and Isaiah Canaan’s NBA role has mostly been toward the end of a team’s rotation in his five-year career. Despite that, the GM likes his group. “We’re very high on Elie Okobo, he’s looked terrific in the pickup games we’ve had so far,” he said. “[Melton] we thought was one of the better rookies in summer league, and guys like Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan played very well for us a year ago. We have depth there, I realize we don’t have a lot of experience there.”
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Scott Agness: #Pacers hosting their sixth (and likely final) pre-draft workout on Tuesday: Rawle Alkins Marcus Derrickson Arnoldas Kulboka (Lithuania) Kelan Martin Elie Okobo (France) Theo Pinson Full list of prospects they’ve brought in: vigilantsports.com/pacers-2018-pr…
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