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Thursday, August 28, 2014

76ers Injury Update: Sixers unsure if Joel Embiid will play this season

By on 8/28/2014 11:15:00 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers signed first round draft pick Joel Embiid yesterday, as the rebuilding process continues for the 76ers, who won just 19 games last season. But Embiid, along with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, could be a solid foundation in the future. The addition of Luc Mbah a Moute could also be significant, as he has a mentoring relationship with Embiid. General manager Sam Hinkie likes Mbah a Moute's presence underneath and believes he can help Embiid. But the lingering question is, whether or not Embiid will suit up this season following surgery.

I reported yesterday that Embiid had officially signed his first NBA contract. Although it's uncertain whether or not Embiid will play during the 2014-2015 season, Richard Ferkel, who performed Embiid's surgery, made is clear that Embiid should be ready to return by late February at the latest. 

But Hinkie isn't as quick to say that Embiid will return this season. Hinkie told Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News
"I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]."
Embiid sat out the last six games of Kansas' season due to a stress fracture in his back, missing the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. In 28 games last season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game. 

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