MEMPHIS – The trouble just seems to keep coming for the 76ers, and that isn't because the team is enduring a 27-game losing streak.
Rookie center Jahlil Okafor has been surrounded by controversy this week as he was involved in an altercation outside a bar in Boston early on Thanksgiving morning. Then reports surfaced that he had been involved in an incident in October that resulted in someone pulling a gun on him. Sunday a source confirmed to the Daily News that Okafor had been pulled over for excessive speeding earlier this month on the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Not good, especially when you add to it that the Sixers go into tonight's contest against the Memphis Grizzlies winless in their first 17 games this season and could break the NBA record of most losses to begin a season.
When asked about the Okafor's Boston situation on Friday, coach Brett Brown said the team was cooperating with the league in finding out exactly what happened. A video posted by TMZ shows Okafor exchanging words with a heckler before shoving the man to the ground, then, after the man got up, punching him in the face, again sending him to the ground.
A source with the NBA said that no word has been given yet as to whether Okafor will be suspended for his actions in Boston.