Emeka Okafor Rumors

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Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
Position: C
Born: 09/28/82
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:252 lbs. / 114.3 kg.
Salary: $813,293
When you decided to go to the G League, did you think returning to the NBA was truly possible? Emeka Okafor: That is why I did it. My mindset from the moment I was injured was trying to get back and just see the process through. If I went through the G League and didn’t get called up, I would have been like, ‘OK. I know I tried.’ I could rest easy. I did what I had to do. The whole purpose was to make it back to the NBA.
What would you have thought of your NBA career if you had not come back? Emeka Okafor: It’s professional sports. I made it. My mind was like, ‘Mek, you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish, but at the end of the day you made it. Anybody would switch positions with you in a heartbeat.’ There was that rational side of my brain. And then there was the competitive side that says, ‘Hey, Mek, you haven’t done X, Y and Z. And because you haven’t done X, Y and Z, you have to try. And if you try and fail, that is OK. But not trying, that is not going to cut it.
What do you remember most about getting the call from the Pelicans stating that they wanted to sign you to a 10-day contract? Emeka Okafor: I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was late at night. I was sitting on my bed kind of relaxing. I was preparing for the game the next day, and then I got the phone call. There was mostly excitement. There wasn’t shock like it was unexpected. But there was a ‘Oh, man. Here it is.’
Bobby Marks: Lost in the Pelicans 9 game winning streak is one under the radar move by the front office. When Emeka Okafor signed his rest of the season contract, New Orleans added a second-year non-guaranteed. The contract worth $2.4M has trigger dates for a small salary guarantee. The only downside is that that New Orleans will have the full salary for a player with 10 years of service count against the luxury tax in 2018-19.
4 months ago via ESPN