The Philadelphia 76ers find themselves dead last in the NBA with an 8-56 record. It's not possible to fall any farther in the standings, but things can always get worse.
That's exactly what happened Friday as general manager Sam Hinkie announced that rookie big man Jahlil Okafor has a tear in his meniscus that will require surgery.
From the team's release:
Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated. 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.
Our medical team will continually monitor and evaluate Jahlil's progress, and we anticipate he will resume full basketball activities in approximately six weeks.
That six-week timeframe ensures he'll miss the remainder of the NBA regular season -- the end of the line for Philly.
Okafor was selected No. 3 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, but his debut season was marred by several off-court altercations that led to a two-game suspension and security detail for the 6-11 center.
He will finish the year averaging 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per game to lead his team in scoring.