Jahlil Okafor Made His Dad Stop Yelling at Sixers Coach Brett Brown

Like every other Sixers fan, Jahlil Okafor’s old man is angry with the way things are going in Philly.

And he’s not afraid to loudly voice his opinion to the power-brokers in the City of Brotherly Love.

The promising rookie center is facing up to his highly-publicized and embarrassing growing pains, and head coach Brett Brown says things are moving in the right direction.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“When it first happened it was clear that his world was rocked in the biggest way, I’m assuming, of his sporting life,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “You can see it in his eyes, his demeanor. His swagger got bumped around a little bit. We explained a lot. ‘We all go through mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up. You screwed up. We got people here that will help you. Time will pass.’ […] “I feel what I see now is a distant memory. It’s taught all of us and I see him playing basketball again.”


“I’m just learning from certain things you experience on and off the floor,” Okafor said. “I’ll just try to do better next time.” […] USA Basketball executive director and former Phoenix Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo, who recently joined the 76ers as chairman of basketball operations, has spoken to Okafor. Philadelphia is also considering adding veteran players to help their young locker room, and has spoken with Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III.


Okafor also has received mentoring from former and current NBA veterans. […] “There are a lot of guys that I’ve been able to speak with and still speak to on just staying focused and being smart,” Okafor said. “[The advice was], ‘Obviously, we are in the NBA and we’re going to have fun and things like that. Just be smart and learn from the mistakes.'”