Atlantic Notes: Okafor, Jackson, Mills, Covington

The Nets led the Wizards by 40 points at one point in Friday’s win in Brooklyn but recently acquired big man Jahlil Okafor never left the bench. Okafor only played in two games with the Sixers before he was traded to the Nets. The team will not deviate from their plan of using Okafor until he’s in optimal physical shape, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes.

The Barclays Center fans chanted “We Want Okafor!” in the late stages of the game. Head coach Kenny Atkinson said it was tempting to send Okafor into the game but the team’s plans for Okafor are long-term.

“Yeah, I heard it, and I respect the fans and I understand they want to see him,” Atkinson said. “I think we’ve stated from the beginning there’s a plan for him. We’re going to stick with the plan. It was tempting, but again I think we want to put him in the best position to succeed. So we’re going to stick with the plan. I think that’s a little more down the line.”

Okafor, 22, has appeared in just one game with Brooklyn since the trade, posting 10 points and four rebounds in a loss to the Raptors on December 15.  General manager Sean Marks has not given a definitive date on when Okafor should be in shape but estimated the former third overall pick is possibly two weeks away from regular playing time.

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5 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Okafor, Jackson, Mills, Covington

  1. hiflew

    It really doesn’t make sense for the Nets to hold him otu until he gets into shape for multiple reasons. First, he is only under contract with the Nets for this season. Second, they cannot resign him for more than his option. Third, if they get him into shape and he plays well, other teams will be willing to sign him for more than that option.

    They would be better off letting him play while out of shape so no one else wants him and then sign him to a weight incentive based multiple year contract after the season.

  2. Regi Green

    It’s not his conditioning, it’s the fact the Nets were -25 in his 23 minutes of play. Nets would’ve noticed the conditioning in the week of practice prior to playing against the Raptors.

    I mean they are a real NBA staff and all…….

  3. dust44

    Okafor just may not b that good honestly. Think it’s time to put that out there.

    • x%sure

      Well there’s a new fan base to put that out to!

      I must root for NJ to lose (Cavs fan) so I must say, yes cmon Kenny A, fiddle around with Okafor to the team’s complete distraction thank you. (More Ls)

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