Philadelphia center Joel Embiid’s season is over because of left knee problems, including a torn meniscus that is worse than the 76ers first thought.
So far, two high school basketball players have said they’ll be attending the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. They’ll be able to visit with another accomplished big man — former KU center Joel Embiid. By Gary Bedore
The day Joel Embiid was born, Hakeem Olajuwon was half a world away, in the midst of an MVP season, coming off a 41-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Houston Rockets. By Benton Smith
When the Philadelphia 76ers held an introductory press conference for their latest acquisitions this past weekend, a certain 7-foot center from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, didn’t get a chance to join the organization’s 2014 NBA draft picks. Joel Embiid got to meet the Philly press via teleconference on Monday. By Benton Smith
Kansas University’s domination of the 2014 NBA draft had coach Bill Self beaming in the Big Apple on Thursday night. By Gary Bedore
In my book, Sam Hinkie, general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, came to the plate for Thursday’s NBA draft with an 0-2 count. But man, what a two-strike hitter this Hinkie guy is. He showed that underneath his mound of statistical printouts and inside the cone of silence lies a man with a burglar’s guts. Column by Tom Keegan
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. By Gary Bedore
Potential deals may complicate the otherwise straightforward order of Thursday night's NBA draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have ruled out former Kansas University center Joel Embiid for the No. 1 pick in tonight’s NBA draft, but that didn’t keep Embiid’s name from popping up Wednesday in Times Square. By Matt Tait
Trace the origin of most mock drafts to lies and misdirection plays. So instead of looking at NBA mock drafts to try to figure out what your favorite lottery team will do Thursday night, just ask yourself what you would do by ranking 1 through 14 the prospects available for this draft. In so doing, you’ll probably get closer to draft results than the mocks constructed by those who have NBA sources. Column by Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid stirred up United States soccer fans Sunday by tweeting congratulations to Portugal soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for setting up the tying goal in Portugal’s draw with the United States on Sunday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Donnie Nelson didn’t waste much time voicing his displeasure about players who join the NBA after playing just one year of college ball. “We’re not in the babysitting business,” the Dallas Mavericks’ president of basketball operations said.
Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft is a poster child for big man bad luck, an epidemic that's been sweeping the league for years. The latest victim seems to be Joel Embiid, a 7-footer expected to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft before a recently suffered stress fracture in his right foot almost certainly robbed the former Kansas star of that chance.
Joel Embiid won’t be in the NBA Draft Green Room, impeccably dressed in a new $20,000 suit Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. By Gary Bedore
News that former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had successful foot surgery Friday morning certainly brightened the rest of Bill Self’s day. “I’m glad the doctors said surgery went well. It’s obviously an injury that he should be able to recover from,” Self, who coached the 7-foot Cameroon native for one season at KU, said Friday night. By Gary Bedore