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Friday, June 27, 2014

Philadelphia swoops in to snag injured Joel Embiid at No. 3

In this photo from former Kansas center Joel Embiid's Twitter account, Embiid, middle, hears his name called as the third pick, by Philadelphia, in the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday in Los Angeles. Embiid, who recently had foot surgery, was not able to attend the draft in New York.

In this photo from former Kansas center Joel Embiid's Twitter account, Embiid, middle, hears his name called as the third pick, by Philadelphia, in the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday in Los Angeles. Embiid, who recently had foot surgery, was not able to attend the draft in New York.

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Fresh off last week’s foot surgery, Joel Embiid couldn’t fly from California to New York for Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft.

So the 7-footer out of Kansas University did the next best thing, enjoying the draft with family members in his agent’s house in Los Angeles, the city where he’s been working out and where he had the surgery.

Seated between his mom and dad, Embiid broke into a big smile after he was selected No. 3 overall by Philadelphia.

“It’s different. I’m disappointed not to be there. I wish I could be there,” Embiid said on ESPN. “I’m excited the Sixers took me. I still can’t believe it. I started playing basketball so late. Just being here means anything is possible.”

Embiid, who grew up playing soccer and volleyball in Cameroon, has only been playing organized hoops four years now.

His draft stock didn’t fall much following surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot as well as the stress fracture in his back that kept him out of the NCAA Tournament.

“I mean, from my back injury it hurt me, but I saw doctors and they said I was going to be fine. Unfortunately this foot injury happened a week before the draft. I believe in God and God knows what he’s doing. I’ve always said it and I’m just going to keep praising him,” Embiid said.

“It’s a very exciting day for me and my family,” Embiid told ESPN, happy he’s in Philly. “A lot of hard work has gone into my journey to be here and I am truly blessed to be able to realize my dream of being drafted. While I wish I could be in New York, I’m happy that my family is here with me to celebrate with me. I’m more determined than ever and looking forward to getting back to work with my new team.”

Embiid was involved in a brief controversy on Twitter through no fault of his own.

ESPN’s delayed feed showed a somber Embiid after the Sixers’ pick was announced. Problem was Embiid actually broke into a big smile and pumped his fists after the announcement was made. The network showed the actual clip of Embiid rejoicing to clear up any confusion.

“Hello Philly!!!! This is my real ‘just got drafted’ face. Couldn’t be happier to be a 76er!!!” Embiid wrote on Twitter, showing a photo of him smiling widely.

Comments

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

When they first showed Embiid, I thought that he was may disappointed because he was hoping to be drafted by the Lakers... but after I thought about it, I think that the network cut to Embiid right after he was drafted, but since he was watching on TV, the delay probably hadn't passed yet and so he hadn't heard his name yet.

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Steve Reigle 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I also thought it appeared either the tape was time-delayed or they began running a tape that started prior to the announcement.

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Kyle Sybesma 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Is he wearing sweatpants with his shirt and tie? Joel needs to take some fashion advice from his father who I award best dressed fan of the 2013-14 season.

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Tom Longhofer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

going by the size of that cast, I'm surprised he can get any pants on at all.

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Kit Duncan 2 months, 3 weeks ago

They look like pretty baggy (stretch) sweat pants. He definitely wouldn't be able to get his foot past the knee of normal trousers.

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Steve Reigle 2 months, 3 weeks ago

When I had a cast like that there was no way to get suit pants on short of slitting the inseam. You just don't do that to high dollar suit pants.

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Brianna Zaleski 2 months, 3 weeks ago

He's a dead ringer for his mother isn't he?

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Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

he and Wiggins both got a lot of their mother's facial features.

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Brianna Zaleski 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Really happy for both of these kids (Wigs and Embiid), they have been nothing short of great ambassadors for our university and basketball program. I'm really thankful of the way both have handled themselves throughout this process.

SI did a winners/ losers section, on their website, covering the draft, their first overall winner: Kansas and Bill Self.

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