Throughout sports you see players who are unhappy with the team they are on. Either it is something with the organization they do not like or they are just not getting the playing time they want.
We saw an example of this with Kyrie Irving. Irving asked for a trade to get out of Cleveland, so he could become his own superstar. He did not like being in the shadow of LeBron.
Earlier this week, we saw another example of this with Philadelphia’ Center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor asked for the 76ers to trade him, because he was unhappy with his role on the team.
In an Interview with SB Nation’s Jordan Brenner before the 2017-2018 season, Okafor stated,
“I’m unsure if I’m still on the team. Am I really a part of this process? Am I really a part of this culture? That’s why the guys have been out there on social media, but I’ve just kind of been in the dark. I’ll go to a Sixers event, smile, take pictures with the kids and stuff like that, but I’m still thinking, ‘am I a part of this team?’”
When a player asks if he is still part of the team, it is easy to see that he is unhappy with his role. He feels the 76ers are too busy with “the process” that they forgot he was part of it.
Okafor was drafted by the 76ers with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Fans had high hopes for Okafor coming into his first season. He lived up to the high standards in the 2015-2016 season scoring 17.5 points per game. He also grabbed seven rebounds per game.
Okafor was ready to take over the 76ers.
Recently, with the return of Joel Embiid a.k.a. “The Process,” the 76ers put all their trust in the Process and not in Okafor.
Okafor went from averaging 30 minutes per game in his first season, to only averaging 22 minutes per game this season. With less time on the floor, Okafor’s value got worse. He now only scores 10 points per game.
This lead to Okafor wanting to leave. He is not getting what he thinks he deserves so he is hoping to get that elsewhere.
Okafor asked for a trade, and it wasn’t long to here rumors of interest from other teams.
The Boston Celtics reported to be one of the teams to be interested in Okafor. Which would help Okafor, and the Celtics. With Al Horford being able to move back to his natural position as a Power Forward, Okafor could take over that starting Center spot.
I guess Boston isnt too busy trusting the process to see the value of Okafor.