The herniated C4 cervical disk was only discovered after Okafor complained about discomfort in his neck and an MRI was conducted. The Wizards’ press release did not mention a schedule for recovery and return.
The news compounds a tough day for the Wizards after they announced fellow frontcourt player Kevin Seraphin would miss 6-8 weeks of the season after a Jones fracture in his left foot.
Okafor is quoted in the press release:
“I have worked hard over the summer and was looking forward to the start of training camp next week, so this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for me,” said Okafor. “But I have confidence that my teammates and coaches will be able to continue to take steps towards our goal of making the playoffs and that I will be able to do my part to help them once I return.”
Okafor’s choice of words suggests that he will be away from the team for a considerable portion of the season, though he does intend to return before the post-season.
The loss of both frontcourt players comes at a frustrating time for a Wizards team that had created some momentum toward the end of last season and harbored dreams of a return to the playoffs with a healthy John Wall and Nene Hilario leading the line.