Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 2:14 pm  |  18 responses

Emeka Okafor Diagnosed With Herniated Disc In Neck

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

The Wizards can’t catch a break. On the same day that Chris Singleton was given a 6-8 week timetable for a recent foot injury, Washington has announced that big man Emeka Okafor has a herniated disc in his neck and will be out indefinitely.

From the team’s press release:

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that center Emeka Okafor will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a herniated C4 cervical disc. ‘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.’ After consulting with several specialists and the team doctors, Okafor will begin rehabilitation to reduce the inflammation and correct the injury.  The herniated disc was originally revealed through an MRI after Okafor experienced discomfort in his neck. ‘Emeka’s professionalism and dedication to taking care of his body are among the best I have ever seen during my time in this league as a player, coach and executive and I know that he will be diligent in his efforts to return to the court as soon as possible,’ said Grunfeld.  ’Until then, his absence will create opportunities for other players to step up and provide the rebounding and defense that Emeka normally contributes.’ Okafor averaged 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 79 games for the Wizards last season.  He missed two games due to the flu and the final game of the season with a sprained right ankle.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s no bueno

  • CzechMate

    My nickname for this cat is the oak tree not only because you pronounce it when saying his last name, he is built like one. it’s sad because he is a 12pts 9 boards guy, but luckily they have nene. but if wizards think they are winning anything this year I find it hilario

  • Slick Ric

    Lol at Hilario, Wizards can’t catch a break, need to go back to Bullets.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Funny I just saw him 2 min ago. He looked scrubbish. Made we wanted to go check Slamonline and boom dude is in the news. He’s never in the news. Funnier yet is that I have the same $hit goin on in my neck. Which isn’t really funny.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    CzechMate, you’re slowly earning a reputation as the forum’s resident pun master. Don’t hurt ‘em

  • shockexchange

    Now what was that John Wall and Martell Webster saying about the Wizards making the playoffs again?

  • Max

    And slowly the Wizards are declining again smh, I was excited to see them play fully healthy.

  • LakeShow

    Yes, Nene is nice to have now, but damn, they could have been so much more potent with both in the front court…

    Get back big fella. You still gotta prove you’re better than Dwight!

  • davidR

    damn. just cant catch a break. how long does an injury like this take to recover from?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Love Nene but I know for a fact he’s got maybe half a healthy season for my Wizards if that.

  • KBM

    He actually honors 2 trees in his fir name – I mean surname.

  • therichardkirby

    The Wizards should’ve drafted Alex Len or Cody Zeller or traded that number 3 pick for Cousins. Instead we draft two small forwards, offer Martell Webster a ridiculous contract, and inexplicably retain Trevor Ariza to fight for an 8 seed this season. Oh, and next year’s draft happens to be loaded with small forwards…smfh #FireGrunfeld

    follow me on twitter @therichardkirby

  • Nathan Shane Long

    The Washington Generals oops i mean Washington Wizards frontcourt is dead straight up both Nene and Okafor are F’N done Vesley is a EPIC BUST DRAFT PICK and Booker and Seraphin both suck

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    So by 12 and 9 you mean 9 and 8.5 right?

  • Björn Atli

    Vesley just averaged 11 boards at Eurobasket. He’s 23 years old, too young to be a bust.

  • Freddy food stamp

    The curse of Gilbert arenas lives on

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