Emeka Okafor could miss half the season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2013) Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld told CSNWashington.com Saturday that the state of center Emeka Okafor's neck injury accelerated the team's desire to acquire another big man. After trading Okafor to the Suns for Marcin Gortat, Grunfeld gave a bit more information about the extent of the injury.
"If Emeka didn't have the (injury) it probably wouldn't have been as imperative for us to get another big man in there. We don't know what his status will be," Grunfeld said. "Emeka was very frustrated with his situation. There's really no timetable for him. Probably if Emeka was healthy it probably wouldn't have been as important for us to get another big man."
Okafor is dealing with a herniated disc, and is officially listed as out indefinitely. The report indicates that Okafor is unlikely to be back on the court before the end of the calendar year, and he would still have to get into playing shape.
Okafor could ultimately miss half the season while recovering.