Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm  |  14 responses

Big Cat

Yes, Emeka had hair once.

Emeka OkaforPhoto by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 85

Fresh out of college and off of a national championship victory, Emeka Okafor was given the difficult honor of being the expansion Charlotte Bobcat’s first ever draft pick. Having averaged double figures in boards every year, the big man has shown that his presence in the locker room and on the court will be key in raising the Bobcats up from the depths to respectability.—Adam Fleischer

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  • ugly_fish

    He looks like the Pokemon Magmar.
    I can’t believe this fool was the ROY over D-12.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    oh the big sexy himself. This guy!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t remember the pic. Most of the pics that are posted are somewhere in the back of my mind, but I really can’t remember this one. Is my mind already deceiving me? Am I that old?

  • $tev3

    too bad he sucks
    cant belive i used to like him

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    $tev3: to say that he “sucks” might a bit too much. If he was the Nets’ power forward you wouldn’t hear me complaining.

    He doesn’t “suck”, but he hasn’t lived up the expectations. There are lesser big men in this League than Okafor.

  • Jacob

    emeka is a decent player, he may pull off an Andrew Bynum and all of a sudden be good, but it wont be with charlotte if emeka wants success he needs to get out of there

  • Superman Osman

    MJ’s team. Does he still wear that NC short for major events? Under the suit? Believe it or not the Bobcats are gonna be a serious headache next season. Oh yea, Okafur is one of the best you could get in the post he just needs some backup

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    ya, bobcats will be good next year, it takes more than 1 guy, it takes a team, and i believe they now have it.

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    I remember in ish 127 or 126 how he was the victim of yet another slamadamonth and it was written “what’s an Okafor?” “For dunking on, stupid.” That really made me l-o-l.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    He’s still got that huge-@ss forehead.

  • DeShawn_Lübbenson

    yeah. but unluckily the forehead of every man only tends to grow ever larger

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Since it was toward the back of the issue, and the opener pic was in some regular practice gym with the 5 high bleachers that compress into the wall – you probably got it mixed in with the Punks pictorials that may sometimes blend together. Of which they do a great job now making them pretty unique, except for say the silhouette outline one with dotted print & blue coloring that makes the player seem hard to even see, espec. in an action shot.
    Don’t associate Emeka with Jason Whitlock! We don’t need this guy to be in Gold Club headlines. Then it snowballs on-and-on-and-on en into the Charlotte JAILCATS.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    it’s funny to hear that he might pull a bynum and suddenly be good when they have the same pts, boards and blocks numbers.