HoopsHype Joel Embiid rumors

December 10, 2014 Updates

He faces stiff competition from 15 other candidates, including Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid, who leads Ginobili in first place by about 2,000 votes, and two of his own teammates, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. “I’m enabling them to do well, carrying them,” Ginobili joked of his teammates at Tuesday’s shootaround. “I’m the defending champion, so I may have relaxed a little bit.” San Antonio Express-News

December 9, 2014 Updates

Derek Bodner: Per @Tom Moore, Joel Embiid progressing to be allowed to shoot standstill jumpers. Some clips from the other day: youtube.com/watch?v=fOBTD8… Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are among 16 nominees up for Hoops Hype’s 2014 Tweeter of the Year. Ginobili currently sits in second, about 2,000 votes behind Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid. Diaw and Mills are in fifth and sixth, respectively. All three are obviously active on the popular social media site, particularly Ginobili. He won the award last year, posting everything from math riddles for local high school students to win Spurs tickets to candid pictures of his young sons. San Antonio Express-News

November 24, 2014 Updates

Sixers fans are quick to point out that Philly has already drafted two big men in the last two drafts in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But several NBA sources said Philly could easily trade one of their current bigs if they opt to draft Okafor at No. 1 (assuming they get the No. 1 pick). “They will probably trade one of the bigs they currently have instead of Okafor,” one NBA source said. ZagsBlog.com

November 23, 2014 Updates
November 8, 2014 Updates

On Friday, Embiid returned to the United States, flying into New York City on a connecting flight through Paris and traveling the rest of the way to Philadelphia by car to attend the Sixers’ game that evening against the Bulls. "It was great having Joel Embiid back," said head coach Brett Brown after the game. "The team welcomed him with open arms. For him to have walked into the locker room and to be a part of the huddle before we got going out to play, he's a valued member of this team, and everybody welcomed him as they should. It was good to have a teammate back." NBA.com

October 29, 2014 Updates
October 27, 2014 Updates

Tom Moore: #NBA releases official rosters. Johnson, Davies and Sampson make it. Embiid, J-Rich and J Grant on inactive list. #Sixers Twitter @tmoore76ers

October 24, 2014 Updates

Rookie center Joel Embiid is still in Cameroon for Saturday's funeral for his younger brother, Arthur, who was killed in a car accident. Mbah a Moute flew to Africa on Wednesday to attend the funeral. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 23, 2014 Updates
October 18, 2014 Updates

Brown confirmed that Embiid flew to Africa yesterday to be with his parents. "We're just trying to make sure that he's got a team and people to care for him," Brown said. "It's a horrific tragedy in his family and, for him to be away from his country and to be away from his family in a time like this, you just try to do your best to help him to get through this. Only time will have a chance to heal it. [Thursday] was a long day." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 17, 2014 Updates

Sixers head coach Brett Brown gathered his team on Friday afternoon before practicing at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He said he talked "very quickly" about Thursday's preseason loss to Boston before moving on "to the most important thing." He told all the players that they needed to find a way to reach out - on their own terms - to Joel Embiid. Brown told the team that "their friend, their teammate" had went through an "incredible, personal tragedy." The rookie center left the team on Thursday after learning that his 13-year-old brother Arthur had died in Cameroon. Arn Tellem, Embiid's agent, said Embiid's brother died in a car accident. "The motive is to just do the right thing," said Brown. "It's just trying to help him in a terrible time. To see a young man have to go through that and to be with him while he's going through that initial news, there are no words that you can choose to describe that." Philadelphia Inquirer

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie on behalf of the organization: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel and the Embiid family. "To learn that you have lost a sibling or a child is unfathomable. We are poorly designed for that kind of loss. To receive that news while 6,000 miles away from your family is more than any of us are equipped to handle alone. Joel is not alone. "Joel's sister was able to travel to Philadelphia last night and the two of them are currently on their way to Cameroon." NBA.com

The family suffered a major loss yesterday and it had nothing to do with basketball. Arthur Embiid, the younger brother of Sixers rookie center Joel Embiid, died yesterday in Africa. There were no details of how he died, from the Sixers or elsewhere Joel Embiid is from Cameroon and the family still lives there. Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and teammate Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, also from Cameroon and a mentor to the rookie out of Kansas, skipped last night's preseason game against the Boston Celtics to be with the 20-year-old. Philadelphia Inquirer

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