LAS VEGAS — After missing the final 23 games of the season because of surgery on a right meniscus tear, Jahlil Okafor is ready for basketball.
Okafor joined the Sixers in Las Vegas to watch their summer league games (in which he will not participate), train with the staff and prepare for his time with the U.S. select team later this month.
“Everything is going well,” Okafor said Tuesday before the Sixers' 85-77 loss to the Warriors (see game story). “I’m healthy. I’m back. I worked out with some coaches today. It was fun.”
Okafor was cleared to return to the court “a few weeks ago” and has been taking a cautious approach in his rehab. He trained and attended summer classes at Duke University.
His next step is getting into basketball shape after being sidelined. He made a strong effort to keep weight off while being off the floor.
Okafor said he does not have any limitations on the court.
“They’re not withholding me from anything,” he said. “I’m pretty much able to do anything they need me to do.”
Okafor watched the game sitting with head coach Brett Brown, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington. On Monday, he went to Topgolf for a team-building day with Ben Simmons and other teammates (see story).