Okafor done for season with meniscus tear


Jahlil Okafor will miss the remainder of the NBA season as he prepares to have surgery on a meniscus tear, the Philadelphia 76ers confirmed.

Philadelphia said on Friday that Okafor will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his right knee and be out for six weeks.

Okafor had not played since February 28 due to right knee soreness. Upon various scans and tests, the meniscus tear was diagnosed.

The six-week timetable means Okafor would be ready to resume basketball-related activities near the end of April, but the NBA regular season ends on April 13. 

"Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated," 76ers general manager Sam Hinkle said in a statement.

"After a comprehensive series of tests and additional evaluation by our medical team, it was revealed that he has a small tear of the meniscus. Jahlil will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure to address the injury.

"Timing and details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days."

Okafor, 20, has been averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds in 53 games this season.