Tuesday , Mar , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats’ Okafor done for season

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats announced on Tuesday
that forward Emeka Okafor will miss the remainder of the season with an
injured right ankle.

“I’m obviously disappointed,” Okafor said. “The player in me, the competitor
in me wants to be out there with my teammates fighting hard and out there
having fun playing ball in front of our fans. But the situation is what the
situation is. You have to act accordingly.”

Okafor first suffered a right ankle sprain against Sacramento on December 19.
He returned on January 10 against Houston, but re-injured the same ankle late
in that game after netting 21 points and eight rebounds and has not played
since.

The former Connecticut star is expected to wear a soft cast on the ankle for
the next four to six weeks. The Bobcats hope the cast will help reduce
tendinitis that has developed as a result of his ankle sprains.

Last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year has averaged 13.2 points, 10.0 rebounds
in 26 games this season.

“I think those of you who have followed us this year know that we have been
very cautious with our players — with Sean (May), trying to hold Raymond
(Felton) out or pulling a guy out of a game,” Bobcats general manager and head
coach Bernie Bickerstaff. “That is our policy, that we try to look to the
future with these guys. It’s a common policy with us. We’re looking ahead.”

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