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Coach Mike Krzyzewski is not only one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, but also a man who has always stood behind his guys. He has done it once again, this time stepping forward to defend one of the main cogs in his 2015 Duke Championship Winning Machine, Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Coach K decided to stand up for Okafor after a slew of media attacks on him following a particularly eventful post-game night in Boston. Namely, and you probably heard about this, Jahlil got into not just one, but two separate fights with some of Boston’s residents following the 76ers’ defeat to the Celtics back in late November. To be perfectly honest, it is hard to blame a young man for getting into fights in Boston. It takes hard work not to get into fights in Beantown at night, especially when you play for one of their fiercest rivals (historically), the Philadelphia 76ers.
Among other things, Krzyzewski said that Okafor (Jah as he calls him) is one of the greatest kids ever and a special human being. He elaborated on his stance, saying that young NBA players need to have security for situations like these. He did say that Jahlil could have been a bit smarter about the whole thing but he also added that Okafor apologized. Above everything else, coach K does not want Okafor to be labeled as a troublemaker or anything like that.
Stuff happens. And we agree. That being said, this is not the first trouble young rookie center got himself into this year. Earlier, he was stopped for speeding on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and was also turned back at the door of a nightclub after trying to get in with a fake ID. Still, the dude is young and probably needs some time to get used to life in the pros.
Which is never easy when you play for the 76ers. Namely, despite Okafor’s great play, the 76ers are simply a dumpster fire that cannot beat anyone at the moment. Well, apart from when the Lakers roll into town. It is probably safe to say that he is having one of the best rookie seasons this year, third only to Karl Anthony-Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (accompanied by the NYC-grade hype).
We are sure Jahlil will soon sort things out and grow into one of the best big men in the league. At the moment, he is just a boy and we should cut him some slack.