In a perfect world, Jahlil Okafor is a Laker

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In a perfect world Jahlil Okafor is a Los Angeles Laker. The story in Los Angeles is not Kobe’s diminishing skills, but rather the upside and the bright future of the next franchise star a big man from Duke. Out east the 76ers are not 0-17 (and dead last in the Atlantic division), but are thinking positive about the future of D’Angelo Russell.

Meanwhile, in real life, Jail Okafor made headlines for a Boston street fight. Then came news Sunday morning that he was pulled over by police for going 108 mph on the Ben Franklin bridge three weeks ago.

Days before the 2015 NBA draft, it was almost a given that Okafor would be drafted No. 2 by the Lakers, just behind Karl Anthony-Towns. But in the final hours before the NBA’s prospector party, it became apparent the Lakers were either smitten with the passing ability of Russell or something turned them off about Okafor.

Meanwhile, the honeymoon is clearly over in Los Angeles for Russell. Apparently, there exists a divide between he and his head coach Byron Scott, as reported by Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.

Bryon and Okafor sounds so much better, the old guard helping the big man make his own down low.

The fact is Okafor has tremendous skills. But does he really want to be in Philly?