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ATLANTA (Globe Live Media) – Atlanta Hawks first-round pick Oneka Okongwu will miss at least the first two games of the regular season due to a foot injury.
The team said that on Friday the 6-foot-9 center from Southern California was continuing its rehabilitation for an inflamed bone in its left leg, including a revised participation in contact practices. He has not yet been approved for the team’s practice.
Okongwu’s position will be reassessed December 28, the day of the Hawks’ home opener against Detroit. He will miss the first two matches of the regular season in Chicago on Wednesday and Memphis on 26 December.
Okungwu was the No. 6 overall pick. He was expected to backup starter Clint Capella and give Atlanta a considerable defensive presence off the bench.
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Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.