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Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers center, 'very likely' to have knee surgery

23 March, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Joel Embiid Likely Headed For Knee Surgery Which Is Awful News

According to National Basketball Association reporter Marc Stein of ESPN, Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid is very likely headed for surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee. He sustained a bone bruise and partially torn meniscus, which the team initially said would not require surgery.

Embiid has not played since January 27. Now, he may be sidelined longer depending on the surgery, which league sources told ESPN is now "very likely". Even though his minutes were limited - the Sixers gave him 25 minutes per game on average in his 31 appearances - Embiid was far and away considered front runner in the Rookie of the Year race. An additional surgery will certainly be another setback for Embiid, who proved outstanding during his belated rookie year.


Embiid and 2016 No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons, now out for the season as he recovers from a foot injury, could take the court together for the first time in 2017-18. Perhaps that's especially evident in his appearance in the Jolly Rancher ad. "Sitting out his first two seasons for boo boos", the announcer says.

The campaign is called "keep on sucking", and Embiid talks about his incessant rookie season - which lasted three years as he rehabbed from two foot surgeries. And, no, Embiid doesn't think Jolly Rancher's commercial is in bad taste.

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