Saturday, June 13, 2015

76ers’ Embiid suffers setback


— Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has suffered a setback in the healing process of his right foot, reported Saturday.

He missed the 2014-15 season after suffering a stress fracture in a bone in his foot on June 20, 2014. General manager Sam Hinkle said a recent CT scan revealed less healing than anticipated.

“Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluation, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists,” Hinkle said.

Embiid now is not expected to play summer league basketball for the second straight summer.


Rodney Pain 6 years, 11 months ago

Tough break for a seemingly great kid. He really hasn't been able to catch any luck. We're all pulling for you out here in Jayhawk nation, JoJo. Persevere. Find a way.

Joe Ross 6 years, 11 months ago

I hope this doesnt mirror the Greg Oden ordeal.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 11 months ago

Oden was his knees. This is turning into a Bill Walton situation, but I'm hoping to see a healthy Embiid at some point because he is the gifted big man since Hakeem.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

But Walton was able to lead his team to a NBA title before being sidelined. Oden never made an impact. I'm hoping the Walton analogy is better in more than just the location of the injury.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 11 months ago

Oh, Jo, Jo, dog gone it bud man sorry to hear this. like Rodney said seems like you just can't catch a break man. I hope you can stay positive, don't let frustration, depression sit in, you have such a promising career ahead of you, once your healthy I believe you'll have a very solid N.B.A. career, just hoping for the best for you , remember Jayhawk Nation, all the fellow Jayhawks are pulling for you, your a great guy hang in there ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

John Stowell 6 years, 11 months ago

Embiid is proving to be a good example of why you need to jump into the NBA draft when you're projected to go in the lottery. I really hope he gets healthy and enjoys a long pro career, but I'm glad he got paid before these medical issues affected his draft stock.

Tom Gillaspie 6 years, 11 months ago

No offense John, but what about the team that drafted him? What if he never plays a game in the NBA? Is that a good example of sports as a business? I hate that JoJo is not getting healthy, but not sure I agree with getting paid and not performing. Either way, JoJo is one of my favorite players to come through the program in quite some time. I wish him all the best and hope he can get healthy and have a long pro career.

Kyle Rohde 6 years, 11 months ago

There's a difference between not performing and not having the chance to perform due to injury. The Sixers' doctors checked out Embiid before the draft, just like Portland's doctors did with Sam Bowie in 1984. Hopefully this turns out differently.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

Sorry Tom, the 76ers made an investment that still may pay off big. Embiid did not mislead them in any way. It is just as good a business example as investing in gold in 2007. There are no guarantees when investing unless you have inside info which is surely a bad example of business.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

I am not sure the 76ers know what they are doing. Their genius plan of accumulating talent is one of the best jokes going in the NBA and will likely go down in history as one of the most bone headed management stratergies ever. Talk about how not to do it right. The premis is interesting but they have no patience.

I hope it all works out for Joel but the sooner he can get away from the management of Philly the better. If he can get healthy he can do some special things in the NBA.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely.. It has been that way since Larry Brown left.

Ron Sterling 6 years, 11 months ago

Marius is right. It's all about risk and reward. The history of the draft is littered with prospects that were promising and perfectly healthy, yet their careers never materialized. Fundamentally, though, this is the way the entertainment industry works. Most books, most films, most video games lose money, but the companies that produce these things stay in business by surviving off the hits. Teams draft by the same principal. They take risks that they know won't pan out most of the time. Raef LaFrentz was drafted ahead of Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and fellow Jayhawk Paul Pierce. Of the 58 players drafted that year, only Antwan Jamison and Rashard Lewis would join those 3 as NBA All Stars, and perhaps only Mike Bibby had a noteworthy career among the remaining lottery picks. #1 pick of 1998 Michael Olowokandi played on 5 seasons in the NBA and never even averaged double figures in scoring for a season. Taking Embiid was a risk, but Philly's management isn't naive. It was a calculated risk, and it may yet pay off.

Tony Bandle 6 years, 11 months ago

Jo Jo, that just sucks. Be patient and let nature ansd science work on your injury.

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't there some type of insurance program that helps pro teams at least mitigate "lost salaries" due to player injury?

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

Wrong, never, you? Mislead maybe. :)

In this case you are very likely correct. Typically everyone in sports, even the triple crown winner, is insured through the gazoo, or with the Gazoo depending on your Flintstones upbringing. The teams, the players, their dogs, their hamsters, it is usually covered.

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