Okafor still hobbled by sprained ankle

Updated: February 17, 2005, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor will miss the Rookie Challenge on Friday night at NBA All-Star weekend because of a sprained left ankle.

Emeka Okafor
Forward-Center
Charlotte Bobcats
Profile
2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
42 14.8 11.0 0.9 .447 .574

Boston's Al Jefferson will replace the No. 2 overall pick in June's draft.

Okafor was hurt Jan. 30 against the Los Angeles Lakers and spent the following five games on the injured list. He re-injured the ankle Friday against Miami and has missed the Bobcats' three games since then.

Al Jefferson
Power Forward
Boston Celtics
Profile
2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
43 6.9 4.7 0.3 .519 .602

"I'm disappointed that I will be unable to play during the NBA All-Star weekend, but I want to do what's right for myself and the Charlotte Bobcats," Okafor said in a statement.

Okafor is averaging 14.8 points and 11 rebounds and is a leading contender for rookie of the year honors. He has 27 double-doubles in 42 games.

Jefferson is averaging 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Celtics.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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