Josh Robbins: Chuma Okeke (sprained ankle) will not play again this season, Steve Clifford said. Okeke suffered his ankle sprain on April 28. Other than that injury, it’s been an encouraging rookie season for Okeke individually.
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Paul Garcia: Chuma Okeke is available for the Magic today per Coach Clifford. He’ll be on a minutes restriction
Josh Robbins: Chuma Okeke, who hasn’t played since he suffered a left knee bone bruise Dec. 31, will play tonight, Steve Clifford said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Orlando Magic F Chuma Okeke is expected to miss several weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, sources tell ESPN.
Because of the injury he suffered in the Sweet 16 win over North Carolina last year, Chuma Okeke has yet to make his NBA debut, and with the season on hold because of COVID-19, it’s unlikely to happen this year. He continues the rehab process in Orlando aiming to be back better than he was before by the start of the next NBA season.
Chuma Okeke: Before the lockdown, I was shooting in the gym and I felt pretty good shooting, getting off the floor. I was going through drills somewhat full speed. It felt good. I don’t know what percent I’m at right now because it’s been awhile since I’ve even shot a ball. I’ve just been working out and conditioning.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Orlando Magic plan to redshirt No. 16 overall pick Chuma Okeke this season. Creative move by both sides allows Okeke to focus on ACL rehab while still being in team’s long-term plans and receiving salary of 16th pick.
John Denton: New @Orlando Magic F Chuma Okeke on attacking his rehab from an ACL tear in his left knee: “I feel like they have a really good rehab program for me, & I feel like they’re going to listen & always know what’s best for me. I’m just going to follow their lead. I’m a coachable guy.”
John Denton: Renee Okeke, mom of Chuma Okeke, on the @Orlando Magic history of not rushing young players as they recovered from injuries: “It gives me the confidence that he’s going to be OK; he’s in good hands. No worries.” Chuma will likely spend most of next season rehabbing his left knee.
Chuma Okeke won’t get to work out for NBA suitors this summer during the pre-draft process, but the Auburn forward will still have an opportunity to impress teams at the NBA Combine later this month in Chicago. Okeke, who tore his ACL in the Sweet 16 against UNC in late March, received an invite to the five-day scouting event held May 15-19, according to ESPN.
Shams Charania: Sources: Auburn’s Chuma Okeke has a torn ACL in left knee, surgery scheduled for upcoming week. Absolutely devastating for Auburn and an emerging player.
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