Report: Emeka Okafor Out Indefinitely

Jan 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) celebrates scoring during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This day just keeps on getting worse, Wizards fans.

It was reported today that Chris Singleton would miss approximately 6-8 weeks, and apparently, Emeka Okafor is also out indefinitely.

I have worked hard over the summer and was looking forward to the start of training camp next week, so this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for me, said Okafor. But I have confidence that my teammates and coaches will be able to continue to take steps towards our goal of making the playoffs and that I will be able to do my part to help them once I return.

-via Washington Wizards official release

Okafor has reportedly suffered a herniated disk in his neck, and to my knowledge, the Wizards don’t have a timetable for his return. Emeka Okafor has been credited for turning the Wizards lackluster defense into a “top-10″ caliber defense, and with him gone indefinitely, they’ll have to rely on Kevin Seraphin to fill the void. Needless to say, Okafor and Seraphin are two completely different players and there is no way anyone on the roster could replace what Okafor brought to the table.

Of course, the Wizards could potentially start Nene at center and newly acquired veteran, Al Harrington, at power forward; but neither of those players could fill the void. Okafor is the defensive anchor this Wizards team desperately needed, and with him gone, I doubt anyone could step in without losing productivity.

Hopefully this is the last time I have to write about injuries this offseason.

Regardless, injuries suck.

Topics: Emeka Okafor, Nba News, Nba Offseason 2013, NBA Rumors, Okafor Injury, Washington Wizards, Wizards Injuries

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  • Unkle Wheez

    Wow, this is a sad day indeed to be a Washington Basketball fan. We were already thin up front now it is a huge concern. We need a big that focuses on defense and rebounding.

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