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Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
Position: -
Born: 09/28/82
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:252 lbs. / 114.3 kg.
Earnings: $90,502,146 ($106,470,740*)
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.