The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday center Jahlil Okafor was suspended two games following an altercation outside a bar in Boston captured by TMZ Sports, and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski opened up regarding his feelings for the former Blue Devils standout.
Speaking to reporters following a 20-point win over Indiana, Krzyzewski had only positive things to say about the centerpiece of last year's national championship squad, according to the Raleigh News & Observer's Laura Keeley:
Beyond the physical confrontation in Boston, the 19-year-old Okafor has encountered several other problems over the past couple weeks.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, Okafor was stopped by police for driving 108 mph on the Ben Franklin Bridge several weeks ago. Okafor was also reportedly denied entry at a Philadelphia bar in late October after he attempted to use a fake ID to gain admittance, per CSNPhilly.com's John Gonzalez.
Despite the off-court turbulence, Okafor has been a steady presence on the hardwood for the Sixers. Not only does he lead the team in scoring, but the No. 3 overall pick ranks tops among all rookies at 17.2 points per game.
After Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters Okafor feels "embarrassed" about his latest incident, according to Tom Moore of Calkins Media, the rookie should return to the floor focused on making his transgressions a thing of the past.
The 1-19 Sixers need all the help they can get, and Okafor's ability to stabilize an otherwise woeful offense will be key to providing a glimmer of hope as the franchise's arduous rebuild continues.