Last season Emeka Okafor tried to get bulky but realized that the experiment was futile. This season Okafor is 18 pounds lighter and is back to being the Charlotte Bobcats rebounder and is the top shot blocker in the NBA after the first three games this season.
Coach Bernie Bickerstaff feels that Okafer is quicker now. Last year with all the weight Okafor had put on, he was not at all quick.
Okafor is now 255 pounds and has returned from an ankle injury which had in the sidelines for 56 games last season. Okafor says that after the weight loss he is not getting tired as fast as he used to and his joints are taking the weight easier. Last year Okafor gained weight with the hopes of handling the pounding of NBA better. However, Okafor spent last season either being too slow because of the weight gain or sitting at the sidelines because of his ankle injury. During this time the Bobcats gave up 101 points a game and allowed teams to shoot 48% from the floor.
Okafor was drafted two seasons ago for his rebounding, shot blocking and defense ability. He was part of the 2004 draft and was declared the NBA Rookie of the Year that season.
Now with Okafor back to his lean trim self, Bobcats lead the league in field goal percentage defense after three games. Though they lost the first two, they went on to beat the Clevelands to register their first win of the new season.
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