Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis, picked No 3 by the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks, respectively, are not raring to go all-out at this moment. With only two weeks to go till the regular NBA regular season, the two promising rookies of the league are plagued with nagging injuries.
Both players have missed preseason matches and their presence in practice sessions was limited too. Porzingis suffered a quad-strain, as reported by Morning News USA earlier.
Okafor has been dealing with a right sore knee. For a 6-foot-11-inched, 275-pound man, it’s a concern dealing with a lower body injury. 76ers head coach Brett Brown thinks it’s a setback for Okafor.
“It’s not fair to him, it’s not fair to put him in that situation (to be fully ready by opening night). The end game, I hope, will be about 32 minutes per game, maybe even more. But it’s really based on his fitness. He has no right to come out and be fit right from this injury. So I have to be smart with the minutes I give him,” said Brown.
Porzingis featured in two of the three preseason games for the Knicks and also dealt with two previously sustained injuries, one of them in the quad.
Both Okafor and Porzingis are poised to play key roles for their sides in the coming NBA season. How steadily they recover is important for both Knicks and Sixers.