Joel Embiid was injured in the first round against the Wizards. On June 2nd it came out that Embiid had a partially torn meniscus in his knee. Embiid continued to play through the injury, and play at a high level. But the idea at the time was that when the season ended Embiid would undergo surgery to repair the injury. But all we have heard is that Embiid has been vacationing in Margate. Why?
Why exactly haven’t we heard about a successful surgery? Or at least the teams plan for having Embiid’s knee at 100%. After the season Sixers president of Basketball operations Daryl Morey addressed the media and was asked what was next for the MVP runner up.
“I think we’re all super impressed with what Joel was able to do,” said Daryl Morey on June 22nd. “He’s sort of the heart and soul of the team, and what he did every night for us will forever be appreciated. In terms of what’s next, I know they’re going through a full assessment of him right now. The medical staff along with Joel and his very good team of advisors and the next step will be determined from that.”
That quote was almost a month ago. So what is going on? What exactly are they waiting for? We are currently in late July, with training camp 2 months away. And the Sixers organizational cornerstone has yet to get surgery? What are they waiting for?
What really worries me is this is a trend. February 28, 2016 Jahlil Okafor suffered a “shin contusion.” He was supposed to miss 1 game. 1 game turned into 5. On March 11th he finally was diagnosed with a small tear in his meniscus. The exact same as Embiid. He didnt have surgery to repair the knee until 2 weeks later. Even though the surgery was in late march, Okafor still wasnt 100% when the Sixers opened the next season. Its mid July, the season starts in October….did the Sixers not learn anything from their past?
So where is the update? What is going on? Why haven’t we heard ANYTHING?……Season starts in just 3 months.