Philadelphia 76ers center and former Kansas Jayhawk Joel Embiid will undergo another surgery on his injured foot and is likely to miss the 2015-16 season in its entirety. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the story.
After being selected third overall by the Sixers in the 2014 NBA Draft, Embiid sat out all of last season as he recovered from a fractured foot. He had been making progress up until recently, when he experienced a setback in his rehab and was shut down while tests on the foot were conducted.
Team GM Sam Hinkie offered a statement on the exact nature of Embiid’s upcoming operation.
“A collective decision has been made that the best approach to promote full healing would be to proceed with a bone graft of the fracture site,” general manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement. “We anticipate the procedure will take place in the next seven to 10 days and result in Joel missing the upcoming season.”
Even worse about Embiid’s second surgery is that a source told Pompey that it could be career threatening, which would mean a wasted lottery pick on Philly’s end. It would be an untimely end to the career of the Cameroonian seven-footer, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the year his sole season at Kansas. That year, as Kansas made it to the Round of 32 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Unfortunately, his injury kept him from appearing in any games in the big dance.
He is a talented player when healthy, and hopefully can recover from this injury to finally step on an NBA court.
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