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Sport 76ers' Jahlil Okafor on 'The Process' and how he's not sure he's a part of it

21:01  12 october  2017
21:01  12 october  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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76 ers ' Jahlil Okafor on ' The Process ' and how he ' s not sure he ' s a part When 76 ers center Joel Embiid tweeted about "The Feds," which he advertised as

When 76 ers center Joel Embiid tweeted about "The Feds," which he advertised as the future of the team, Jahlil Okafor was not included. That' s a big part of what Okafor has dealt with in his two seasons in Philadelphia. While he was originally part of " The Process ," he ' s no longer sure if he ' s

When 76ers center Joel Embiid tweeted about "The Feds," which he advertised as the future of the team, Jahlil Okafor was not included. That's a big part of what Okafor has dealt with in his two seasons in Philadelphia. While he was originally part of "The Process," he's no longer sure if he's involved in it.

“I'm unsure if I'm still on the team,” Okafor told SB Nation. “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?’”

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When 76 ers center Joel Embiid tweeted about "The Feds," which he advertised as the future of the team, Jahlil Okafor was not included. That' s a big part of what Okafor has dealt with in his two seasons in Philadelphia. While he was originally part of " The Process ," he ' s no longer sure if he ' s

How The Process failed Jahlil Okafor . He ’ s a great guy. You’re never going to have a bad encounter with Jahlil Okafor .” “ It was awkward,” Okafor said. “I'm at home, watching my team play on TV, not a part of that team, but not a part of any other team.

In 2016-17, the 76ers truly started to come into their own as Embiid finally got on the court and showed his potential and Dario Saric flashed in his rookie year as well. Then with Ben Simmons healthy and with Markelle Fultz coming into the fold, all of the attention is centered on this potential starting four. None of it is on Okafor.

Having played in just 103 games in his first two seasons, Okafor's toughness has been questioned in addition to both his maturity and effort. He was caught on video as a rookie taking a swing at a man outside a bar, and video of a play in which he was lackadaisical on defense went viral. Okafor wasn't great and, in his first season, Philadelphia was worse. He felt he took the brunt of that blame.

“I definitely feel like I'm the scapegoat for a lot of 'The Process' issues,” he said. “Something I learned is that when you lose, people find a reason why you're losing and I think that's where the defense thing really blew up — ‘oh, he can't play defense, that's why they only won 10 games.’ But there were a lot of other reasons why we only won 10 games that season.

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When 76 ers center Joel Embiid tweeted about "The Feds," which he advertised as the future of the team, Jahlil Okafor was not included. That' s a big part of what Okafor has dealt with in his two seasons in Philadelphia. While he was originally part of " The Process ," he ' s no longer sure if he ' s

Jahlil Okafor (pronounced /ˈdʒɑː liːl/; born December 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

“And then the second year rolls around. It's JoJo's first year playing NBA basketball, so he doesn't get the blame. And it's Dario's first year, so he doesn't get the blame. Nerlens (Noel) just had surgery, and Ben wasn't on the court either, so I felt like it was me again as the scapegoat.”

Much of the blame Okafor took turned into trade rumors. He dealt with those throughout the year and actually thought he had been traded at one point when he was asked to stay home for a road trip. When he wasn't traded, awkwardness ensued.

Nik Stauskas, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor all experienced the Philadelphia 76ers' record NBA losing streak in 2015 © Getty Images Nik Stauskas, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor all experienced the Philadelphia 76ers' record NBA losing streak in 2015

At the same time, his coaches are convinced he's not just a good player, but a good person, too, and a 21-year-old who is still learning how to be a complete basketball player. But with all of the things going on, with his teammates often not including him in their pictures of the future, Okafor was honest in speaking about his development as a player.

“Sometimes I do think it would be great to get a fresh start, be on a new team, new surroundings, new teammates," he said after careful consideration during the interview, SB Nation noted. "I think about that often, and I think that's something that could benefit me.”

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