I’m sure a few 76ers fans were a little confused on Saturday morning when they heard the news stories about Joel Embiid: One story was Embiid was dancing on stage at a Meek Mill concert the night before. The other story was Embiid will miss more time because he has a torn meniscus in his left knee. No, the tear did not come from dabbing on stage without a shirt; the injury supposedly happened after he landed awkwardly in a game against the 76ers on January 20th. Amd since it’s a “low-grade tear,” the 76ers don’t think their rookie of the year favorite needs to go under the knife. And from the way he was dancing, it looks like his knee is just fine. When I tore my meniscus (granted it was a severe bucket handle tear) I couldn’t even tap my foot without feeling pain in my knee and walking was out of the question.
But, you, I and 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo knows a lot of people are going to be saying, “Shouldn’t he be resting or rehabbing instead of dancing at a concert?” And This is why Colangelo said he was a “little disappointed” watching the video on Saturday morning.
Via CSN Philly:
“It’s not the best thing to see when you wake up on Saturday morning and find out that was the case because I know the reaction,” Colangelo said of the video that surfaced of Embiid dancing, shirtless, at the show. “I understand some of the potential concern out there.”
Here’s his comments about the injury.
“There was also the recognition that there was a very minor meniscal tear. But it was not thought to be acute and it was not thought to be the source of the pain, inflammation or symptoms. That is the case.”
Since the tear is not believed to be acute, the injury “likely or could have been pre-existing,” according to Colangelo. Embiid is being treated for the bone bruise, Colangelo said.
All I can say is #TrustTheProcess