Chuma Okeke Rumors
Named by his Nigerian-born father, Chukwuma Julian Okeke’s nickname of “Chuma’’ means “God knows.’’ He didn’t always know that his basketball fate would turn out this favorably, but he said time and again on Friday that he was thankful that the Magic put a happy twist on his unlikely journey to the NBA. “It’s a real good feeling. You know it kind of doesn’t feel real right now,’’ Okeke said somewhat sheepishly on Friday upon visiting the Magic’s headquarters at the Amway Center for the first time. “It’s just a real blessing after my ACL injury. I really didn’t see this coming, but they gave me a chance. “(Going down injured) really hurt a lot, but the moment (in Thursday’s NBA Draft), that brought a lot of joy to me, my family, my friends. This is what we all worked hard for together,’’ Okeke said later. “So, that kind of replaced the pain, I thought.’’
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.
Josh Robbins: Chuma Okeke on getting picked at No. 16: “It’s real surprising, but I went out there and they showed a lot of interest, but I didn’t know that they were going to pick me this early. So everything is just a shock to me, really. But it’s all a blessing.”