Just like that, the rookie campaign for Jahlil Okafor is presumed to be over. Knee complications came to light recently for the Sixers young big man, and it turns out he'll need to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, according to the team.
#Sixers announce that after reviewing multiple options, Jahlil Okafor will undergo minor arthroscopic procedure on rt. knee in coming days.— Michael Preston (@preston76) March 11, 2016
Further clarity comes courtesy of an official statement from the desk of Sam Hinkie:
Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated. After a comprehensive series of ttests and additional evaluation by our medical team, it was revealed that he has a small tear of the meniscus. Jahlil will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure to address the injury. Timing and details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days.
Our medical team will continually monitor and evaluate Jahlil's progress, and we anticipate he will resume full basketball activities in approximately six weeks.
Six weeks would put us in late April, well past the team's final game against the Chicago Bulls on April 13. The procedure effectively puts an end to Okafor's rookie year.
There's no way around it -- this absolutely sucks. The Sixers are already flirting with one of the worst seasons in the history of the NBA, and now they'll be without one of their best players for what will likely be the rest of the season.
We'll have more on what this means for the team, Okafor and the organization moving forward in the days to come. Try to keep your chins up, Philadelphia.