Joel Embiid is the unquestioned cornerstone of the Philadelphia 76ers. As he goes, the team goes. So when he went down with a knee injury in the first round of the playoffs, it was concerning. The truth is, because of his injury history its concerning ANY time the big man goes down. A few days later the news came out that Embiid had suffered a partially torn meniscus. Right away it was a “oh here we go again” feeling in Philadelphia. But the big man played through it. The team ultimately lost in the second round in a flat game 7 effort. Now it was time for the offseason.
Conventional wisdom said that Embiid would get surgery to repair the meniscus. Weve already questioned why he HASNT gotten the surgery yet. Keith Pompey from Iquirer.com wrote an article highlighting Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey being very cagey when asked for an update on Embiid. Morey wouldn’t tell reporters if Joel Embiid had gotten surgery….which leads people to assume that he hadn’t. Why else would you be so cryptic to a surgery which is routine.
All Morey would say was that Embiid and the Sixers medical staff had a plan. Morey, treating a partial meniscus tear as if it was thoracic outlet syndrome. But did that plan include…..tennis?
Joel and Morey doubling it up at Drexel campus. Def a sign that something big is in the works!!!! pic.twitter.com/12LDezZVZB— Weisspat (@weisspat1) August 4, 2021
Embiid and Morey were caught at Drexel University playing doubles together. And on the surface, this should be nothing. Its not out of the ordinary to see Embiid out in the city playing basketball with the every man. But in the past when Embiid has been caught “in the wild” playing with Jake the insurance agent hes never had a partially torn meniscus.
And lets not forget, while Morey is new to this city we Sixers fans are not. We dont have the memory of a gold fish, we have the memory of an elephant. We remember how this medical staff (or lack thereof) has botched injury after injury in this city. This team hasnt handled injuries well in the last 9 years.
This is a franchise who traded for an injured Andrew Bynum and then let him reinjure that knee bowling. This is an organization that drafted an injured center in Joel Embiid, and then let him walk around the facility bare foot. They let him do windmill dunks for the social media accounts which resulted in him re-breaking the foot and missing the next season. This is an organization who, the last time they had a center with a partially torn meniscus (Jahlil Okafor) saw him go from a March surgery to repair it…..miss the start of the regular season….be on a minutes restriction when he finally returned….and struggle to regain his form.
Quite frankly, this is an organization that should know better.
I could continue on and on about the botched injury history of the Philadelphia 76ers, but you are probably familiar with all of it. So when I see Joel Embiid playing tennis on a partially torn meniscus I end up saying “here we go again.” If this were another organization I probably would question it, but go “well they know what they’re doing.” But with the Sixers, they’ve had almost a decade of proving that they don’t. They just DON’T know what they’re doing in terms of making wise decisions with injuries. They have no good faith with the fan base. So these optics….are bad.
As the headline says, “Lets overreact”, and I hope thats what this is. I would love nothing more than to be sitting in December and laugh about the fear that I had back in August. I would to chalk this up to stupid sports overreaction with the likes of Carey Williams “SconceGate.”