I reported just before the season-opener that Emeka Okafor passed on a contract extension worth an average of more than $12 million a season. The reaction from those scouts was shock; shock both that the Bobcats offered that much and that Okafor said no. The greater shock was that Okafor, who’s making about $5.4 million this season, turned it down. One scout predicted there’s a greater chance Okafor would seriously injure himself this season than there was that he’d improve enough to attract a significantly higher offer — from the Bobcats or any other team. The real question here is if Okafor has Joe Smith in his 5 and if not he should get on it.