Joel Embiid now out for the season.
It’s been a long season for Joel Embiid. On January 20th against the Portland Trailblazers, Embiid would slip on the floor and hyperextend his left knee, which would later be a contusion. He would take the next few games off and return on the 27th against the Houston Rockets. He was his typical superb self.
Embiid put up 32 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in 28 minutes. However, his last game ended his season. It appears that the Center/Forward wanted to return against the wishes of the organization. Embiid would say: “They didn’t want me to push it. They didn’t want me to play at all, and I had to convince them.”
Embiid: "They didn't want me to push it. They didn't want me to play at all, and I had to convince them." https://t.co/kSucFZxRT2
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) January 28, 2017
After Monday’s MRI results had come back, it was what Philadelphia and Embiid fear most. He will be out for the rest of the season. According to NBA.com
“The assessment of Monday’s follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid’s left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan,” said Sixers Chief Medical Director and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow. “We will continue to work with leading specialists to gather additional information through clinical examination and sequential testing to determine the best course of action and next steps.”
So the question now becomes how the 76ers will effect the change that Embiid will no longer be on the floor the rest of the 2017 season? Look for Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes to see minutes at center and have some value in standard leagues. Dario Saric and Robert Covington will have to step up.
I really like Saric. He has played solid basketball averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds, and five dimes since Ersan Ilyasova trade to the Hawks.