Thursday, March 13, 2014

Embiid’s dad says son’s injury ‘not serious,’ expects him to play at some point in NCAAs

Thomas Embiid says decision on NBA to come 'soon' after the end of season


Kansas City, Mo. — Joel Embiid’s dad, Thomas, says he believes his injured son will play in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

“Yes he can play before the end of the NCAA. I don’t know if it will take one or two weeks, but I know he will come back soon. He will be back soon. The only thing I can say is he will be back soon,” said Thomas Embiid, in town for the Big 12 tournament with his wife, Christine.

“It will not take a long time. It is not serious (injury),” Thomas Embiid added of Joel’s lower-back stress fracture.

Thomas Embiid, a colonel in the Cameroon military, basically repeated what coach Bill Self has said, that the 7-footer would definitely miss the Big 12 tournament, then be a longshot for the first weekend of the NCAAs, but likely be able to play at some point, if KU can keep winning.

“Yes he wants to play but he is injured and he cannot play,” said Thomas, wearing a Cameroon soccer jacket.

Thomas said he and KU’s staff agreed a recent second opinion regarding the stress fracture was in order this past Monday in Los Angeles.

“Yes, because the staff and I were convinced we want to have a second opinion. The second opinion was like the first opinion (showing a stress fracture),” Thomas Embiid said.

As far as whether Embiid will return to KU for a second season or head to the NBA, Thomas Embiid said no decision had been reached.

Thomas said he would return to Cameroon next week, then come back to the U.S. at end of the NCAA Tournament.

“First we will let the NCAA Tournament finish then we will have a decision,” Thomas Embiid said. “Very soon, after the NCAA Tournament,” he added of the when the decision would be reached.

Asked if he was pleased with KU's handling of his son's injury, he said: "Yes. I am the fan No. 1 of KU."


Mark Lindrud 6 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully, we can make it out of the first weekend so that Joel can play and get a taste of March Madness. Would be nice if he got a few helpings this year lol.

Sam Constance 6 years, 11 months ago

I was just wondering what he's going to do with this information after they spent the last two days acting as if this was a huge controversy.

For the most part, I enjoy his radio show. I don't think he specifically picks on Kansas any more than any other local sports entity, but I do think that they will occasionally get into these segments on his show where they try to turn a minor inconsistency or question into a major issue. This situation with Embiid's back is one of those types of segments.

Bill Owens 6 years, 11 months ago

No it won't. Nothing will shut him up. His job is to create controversy and "sell soap" for WHB. Every time he opens his mouth and says something derogatory about KU he has 2/3 of his listeners frothing at the mouth. Short of someone making a serious effort to go after his advertisers we're stuck with KK until he retires uncomfortably to a hog farm outside of Craphatten, or drops dead. Your best solutions are don't listen, encourage your friends, family and enemies not to listen, and don't shop or request services from any of the companies KK shills for.

Pete Owens 6 years, 11 months ago

Way to go buddy! KK is the worst kind of propagandist. He lies and distorts yet no one will officially call him on it. Hit them in the pocketbook and stop advertising on his show and station.

Eric Dawson 6 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone have a listing of the companies he touts so those of us who refuse to listen to him can be sure to avoid his funding sources -- and be able to tell them why we are avoiding their businesses?


Mick Allen 6 years, 11 months ago

You took the words right out of my mouth Terry. Kevin Purple's speculation and lack of objectivity was reprehensible.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure that Thomas Embiid wishes that he could see his son play while he's in the USA, but it's better for Joel that he has his father in town now to give him encouragement and motivation while he probably feels down for not being about to go to battle with his teammates.

Hopefully KU will last long enough in the tourney that Mr. Embiid can come back and watch his son play again before they make a decision on the NBA.

Steve Brown 6 years, 11 months ago

the local 810 radio must be shocked at this latest news. Joel Embiid’s dad, Thomas, says he believes his injured son will play in the 2014 NCAA tournament. They guaranteed us the family was upset with Self and promised JoJo was done this year. What a surprise he is still on the team and sitting next to coaches, I thought they said there was a major rift between the camps. They went on to say our poor treatment of JoJo would hurt our recruiting, who in the world would send their son to Self after he cares more about winning than the kids health and future. What a loser, all to act stupid for ratings. He made a big deal that the doctor in California would have a different story, given he 'wasn't' on Kansas payroll. My view is that BS didn't want to share the stress fracture news to keep opponents from pounding JoJo on his hips. Saying you can't hurt it more, means quit beating him up. The last few games opponents have been hitting JE hips with their fist, watch the tapes. When A caller said BS had the #1 recruit 2 years in a row, KK said, "next" then a caller said he lost all respect for BS and then KK said, "tell me more"

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