On Bobcats rookie power forward Emeka Okafor (right), who at week's end was averaging 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks:
"He still hasn't learned the back-to-the-basket game, which is all about feeling the guy defending you, putting your ass on him and making him play you one way or the other; defenders are hiding, and Okafor can't get a sense of where they are. What surprises me is his ability to hit the 12- to 15-foot jump shot--in spite of his awkward, arms-flailing form--and his toughness, which I saw in a recent game in New Jersey. It was one of those old bull versus young bull deals: Alonzo Mourning tried to knock him out with elbows to the chest, but instead of backing down, Okafor exploded off the floor and went over the top of Zo for a rebound. I had a little more respect for Okafor after that."