Back on March 6th of this year, the 76ers proudly shared a video of injured rookie Joel Embiid pulling off a between the legs dunk before a game. A couple of days later the 76ers were reporting Embiid was back in a walking boot and experienced a “minor setback” with the right foot.
The latest news out of Philly is that “minor setback” might also mean missing next season too.
76ers center Joel Embiid may not be available to play at the start of the NBA season after the latest setback in the healing of his right foot, an NBA source said Sunday. There’s also a legitimate chance that the 7-footer could miss the entire season.
Some sources have said the delay was the result of the foot’s not healing properly and Embiid’s lackluster work ethic. Those sources said the Sixers did not fully disclose the severity of the injury. The Sixers had said publicly that Embiid’s healing process was on schedule before their news release Saturday.
Here’s the news release from the 76ers.
“As part of the conservative approach focused on the long-term health, recovery and care of Joel, we have been closely monitoring his progress, regularly evaluating his status and adjusting our plans accordingly.
“Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process. During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.
“Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career, and as such, these findings cause us to pause and reassess his current activities. Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluations, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists