Mixed blessings for the debut of Nigerian NBA rookies – Punch Newspapers

Kelvin Ekerete

It was a case of mixed blessing for Nigerian rookies who made their debut in the inaugural games of the National Basketball Association during the week.

Striker Isaac Okoro scored 16 points in his NBA debut helping the Cleveland Cavaliers record a 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets in their season opener at Quickens Loan Arena on Thursday.

He also had three rebounds and five assists in almost 34 minutes.

The powerful striker, Precious Achiuwa, scored eight points and three rebounds in a 14-minute performance for the Miami Heat in a 113-107 loss to the Orlando Magic in his season opener. The Port Harcourt-born player showed energy and athleticism in the game, an attribute that will surely give him more minutes in the coming games.

Desmond Bane scored six points in 11 minutes of his debut for the Memphis Grizzlies, who lost to the San Antonio Spurs 131-119 on Thursday. Bane had four rebounds in the game.

Utah Jazz Center, Udoka Azubuike, scored two points and brought one rebound in four minutes of play in a pleasant 120-100 Jazz win over the Portland Trail Blazers

However, this was the case that D’Tigers star Jordan Nwora, who was not on the Milwaukee Bucks ’list in a close loss to the Boston Celtics 122-121, did not perform, while Zeke Nnaji was unused in the Denver Nuggets’ 124-122 loss to the Sacramento Kings at their opening season.

The center of the Los Angeles Clippers, Daniel Oturu, was missing in a 116-109 win over bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.

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