NEW ORLEANS — For the second time this season, Hornets coach Monty Williams is having to answer questions about a mysterious knee injury.
This time, it’s center Emeka Okafor, who has missed 14 games with knee swelling that the team physicians and trainers are having a difficult time diagnosing.
“He’s getting some more tests done and talking to some different doctors,” Williams said, adding later, “He got it drained awhile ago, though. I’m sure it’s not swelling the way it was earlier. I just think this season has been nuts on guys’ bodies.
“A normal season I don’t think he’d be struggling the way he has with his knee. It’s just one of those situations.”
But it’s not the first of “those situations” the Hornets have dealt with this season.
Two guard Eric Gordon has missed 39 games, first with what was described as a bone bruise by team officials. Gordon eventually had surgery to “clean up” his knee and is expected to return sometime in the final month of the season.
And then there’s Carl Landry, who sprained an MCL against Detroit on Feb. 4 and has missed every game since.
Williams said the forward is close to returning.
““I would hate to list him as day-to-day but I think he’s close,” Williams said. “Just watching his workouts and listening to (trainer John Ishner), I think he’s closer than I thought he would be at this point.”