Curse of the Sonics
Sorry, but Charlotte's Emeka Okafor is the best choice for this season’s got milk? Rookie of the Year. Take it from me, I’ve won the award before and I know that Emeka’s all-around contributions – not just scoring – are what it takes to win the top honor.
We just played the Bobcats the other night and Emeka wasn’t even supposed to play because he was injured. But at the last minute he played and finished the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
When we prepared for the game, Emeka was a main focus and we knew we had to stop him on both ends of the court to be successful. Chicago has several options and Gordon can get his points easier because teams don’t focus only on him because they have some other good young players.
Emeka has been great. I know he has the record for consecutive double-doubles for active players by a rookie and that’s saying something. I mean, more than Shaq and Duncan? That’s pretty good. And he’s also leading the NBA in offensive rebounds. He’s been consistent all season long and he’s done a wonderful job. He has been the biggest reason why the Bobcats have been as competitive as they have.
The other night it was close in the fourth quarter and he blocked shots on two straight possessions and then had another down the stretch in crunch time. He just gets it done in many different ways.
C’mon, Scottie. I know you’re biased, being a former Bull and all. Look at it from an unbiased opinion and realize that Emeka is the Rookie of the Year. I think he’s going to be a very good player in this league and I can easily see him as the cornerstone of this franchise.