Jahlil Okafor is doing better than he was a few months ago. He started the season lovingly holding a basketball in a Sixers uniform, unable to get on the court. Then he was abandoned on the bench while Joel Embiid led chants of “Free Jah” on the sideline.
He was finally traded to Brooklyn in December, and his now-former Sixers teammates said they’d be ready to see him on the court for the Nets when the two Eastern Conference opponents square off. With that matchup coming, and Okafor getting more minutes with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out with a groin injury, it seems Okafor is more than happy in Brooklyn.
Ahead of the Sixers-Nets matchup on Wednesday, Okafor was asked about his new team and how he’s come to terms with his tumultuous time in Philly. He said the team, and the city, has felt like “home for him.”