The Washington Wizards re-structured their front office Monday, which placed former Interim Head Coach Ed Tapscott at the "Vice President" helm of Player Operations. In this role, Tapscott will continue to look over the existing player personnel--such as 2011 draft pick Chris Singleton, who fractured his foot Tuesday during practice--as well as future draft prospects.
Some critics thought the Wizards were wrong when they decided to draft Otto Porter, Jr., third overall during the 2013 NBA Draft, as Washington was loaded with small forwards such as likely starter Martell Webster, veteran Trevor Ariza, and sometimes power forward Chris Singleton. As a result of the draft, Singleton, who is now expected to miss 6-8 weeks, would have likely played very little this season except in that flux power forward role.
Meanwhile, the Wizards announced today that center Emeka Okafor has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck. "I have worked hard over the summer and was looking forward to the start of training camp next week, so this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for me," said Okafor, per the official PR report. "But I have confidence that my teammates and coaches will be able to continue to take steps towards our goal of making the playoffs and that I will be able to do my part to help them once I return."
On the plus side, forward Jan Vesely has been having a great time in Europe lately. With 17 points and 11.2 rebounds after five games, Vesely has been a EuroBasket star. He--and stretch pick-up Al Harrington --may be able to help Washington deal with the early season loss of Singleton, but it's unlikely Vesely will be able to help replace the services of Okafor should his neck bother him into late-October. That's some heavy projection, however, and the details of Okafor's injury should become more clear following an early evening conference call.