HoopsHype Joel Embiid rumors

August 28, 2014 Updates

Sam Hinkie on whether Embiid may play this season: "I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 27, 2014 Updates
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Joel Embiid: Officially signed my NBA contract today... I'm BLESSED!!!! The American Dream "Coming to America" http://t.co/SYa5i4uAUc Twitter @JoelEmbiid

August 24, 2014 Updates
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Adrian Wojnarowski: For Sixers, Mbah a Moute value comes with his close relationship with Joel Embiid. Rookie needs mentorship; Moute will be counted on for it. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

August 19, 2014 Updates
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After playing 28 games and averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman at Kansas, Embiid took his talents to the Twitter-sphere. He already has asked Kim Kardashian to "slide in his direct messages," and has been avidly courting singer Rihanna, once asking her on a date to Giorgios. But Embiid claimed he was just "enjoying himself" in the best way he knew how while recovering from his injury. "I'm just having fun, I'm just messing around," Embiid said with a chuckle. "I'm a 20-year-old kid and I just figured that's a way to have fun safely and I can do anything . . . you have to worry about your image. Everyone looks up to you and people like it when I'm funny on Twitter. During the season, that's probably not a good idea." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 6, 2014 Updates

Another in the long list of reasons to love Joel Embiid which is only going to get longer. He also dished on how his pursuit of Rihanna on Twitter went. “We went on a date and had fun.” For The Win

August 4, 2014 Updates

1. Jahlil Okafor. 76ers' odds of winning lottery: 25 percent. The Sixers finished with the second-worst record in the league last year and have done little to help their cause in 2014-15. They drafted two players who likely won't play for them this season (Joel Embiid is expected to miss much of the year recovering from injury and Dario Saric is playing in Europe) and have done little in free agency. Nerlens Noel will be the big addition to the team. So while the odds are heavily in the Sixers' favor to land the No. 1 pick, this draft will do little to help their team needs. The team has two young centers in Noel and Embiid. But Okafor is the consensus No. 1 pick right now and with the exception of Emmanuel Mudiay, all of the other top prospects are bigs as well. While Okafor is different than Noel and Embiid -- the Duke freshman is an old-school, back-to-the-basket, below-the-rim post beast -- he could create a log jam considering Philly's roster. But for GM Sam Hinkie, assets are the key right now and Okafor appears to be the most valuable asset in the draft. ESPN.com

Despite it being Embiid's first visit to Philadelphia, the organization did not formally introduce him to the city or Sixers' fans, but the 7-foot center posted plenty of tweets reflecting his stay in the City of Brotherly Love. "I wasn't expecting the city to be like that," Embiid said of his visit. "I was expecting it to be like Cleveland or Milwaukee, but it was way better. I got my first cheesesteak. I was visiting and it was great." Yahoo! Sports

July 17, 2014 Updates
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adidas has quietly established the best group of rookies of the 2014 NBA Draft class. With Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum already in the fold, adidas got even richer by adding two more lottery picks to their roster: Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. Sources confirmed to SLAM that both Embiid and Smart have signed contracts with adidas. Exact terms were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that both contracts will be multi-year deals. SLAM

July 11, 2014 Updates

Poor Joel Embiid. He tried so hard to get LeBron James to come to Philadelphia, but it looks like his recruiting tactics have failed. If you recall, Embiid, who was selected third overall by the 76ers in this year’s NBA Draft, took to Twitter soon after LeBron became a free agent to try and persuade him to come to Philly. Friday Embiid is coping with LeBron’s decision to return home to Cleveland. For The Win

July 9, 2014 Updates

Q: With taking Joel Embiid (sidelined probably for year) and Dario Saric (at least 2 more years in Turkey) do you look at Brett Brown at some point and maybe apologize? Sam Hinkie: I think Brett and I have been in lockstep so far. We really have. Behind closed doors he and I talk a lot about our program, and where it needs to build and where to find value in the kinds of decisions that are easy and the kinds of decisions that are hard, and really what the end in mind is. We talk about that a lot. I try to talk about it with lots and lots and lots of humility because we've got a long way to go. But it's important that we don't take our eye off what it is we are trying to do and how to get there. We have all sorts of pressures all the time - that voice on your shoulder, the frustration that crops up. We want to do what's best for the future. Philadelphia Inquirer

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