Video of Jahlil Okafor as passive bystander on defense ignites NBA Twitter; Coach defends him

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Part of the reason the Philadelphia 76ers were able to find a trade for Nerlens Noel at the deadline and not Jahlil Okafor was about the defensive end — Noel is a rim protector who tries on defense, Okafor…

Watch him in the video above and draw your own conclusions. I’ll just say normally people pay a lot of money to be a spectator that close to an NBA court.

A video of that play became a thing on NBA Twitter Wednesday night, where Okafor was roundly mocked. Deservedly mocked. But after the game his coach, Brett Brown, defended Okafor and his effort on both ends of the floor. Because that is what coaches do.