Joel Embiid wasn’t with the 76ers when they returned from the six-day all-star break Wednesday evening. Embiid was in Doha, which is the capital of Qatar, consulting and rehabilitating his twice surgically repaired right foot at Aspetar, which bills itself as “the world’s leading specialized orthopedic and sports medicine hospital.”
Embiid traveled to Qatar, which is in the Persian Gulf, over the weekend and is expected to remain there for a few more days, according to a second NBA source that confirmed the first source's report.
The source called this a "previously scheduled" trip at a facility the organization had investigated for roughly six months and referred to it as "a kick-start to the next phase" of Embiid's rehab. The source, emphasizing Embiid hasn't had a setback, said Embiid's stay involves "evaluation, consultation, training and meeting with lots of specialists."
Injured center Joel Embiid playing this season has "never been a consideration," according to Jerry Colangelo.
Mike Gill: Brett Brown: "I'm very, very confident that we will see a healthy Joel Embiid soon." #SixersTalk
Mike Gill: Re: Brett Brown's comment to we'll see Embiid soon, he did say NOT this season - #SixersTalk
Joel Embiid is in the midst of his West Coast rehabilitation plan. The 76ers' sidelined center arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday. Sixers coach Brett Brown said he would stay for a few days, doing on- and off-the-court work. Asked if Embiid's trip to California included a doctor's visit, Brown responded, "Not so much that." "It's all part of that rehab and that plan and path that he is on with David Martin, one of the world's recognized sports scientists," Brown said. Martin is the team's director of health and performance research. "He's created a plan and path. The number of people around Joel Embiid is massive.
Keith Pompey: Joel Embiid is at practice, here talking to #Sixers coach Brett Brown. https://t.co/edKQhJbeZS
League sources say Sixers management was comfortable with the medical information it had on Embiid heading into the 2014 draft. The team attributes Embiid's continued absence (he's likely to miss the entire season again) to subsequent setbacks. Nonetheless, in the third year of Hinkie's rebuilding plan, most of the harvest has yet to come in. Nerlens Noel, the sixth pick in 2013 acquired from New Orleans in the Jrue Holiday trade, missed his entire rookie season but has begun to assert himself as a defensive presence (though not much of an offensive one).
The 76ers consulted physicians from around the country and the world, including specialists from Australia, the Netherlands and Qatar, before Embiid's second surgery. There are no guarantees that this operation will work -- everyone thought the first one would do the trick -- but Embiid at least is staying on top of his conditioning, after numerous stories came out during the summer about his being out of shape. "He just seems like (there's) a new level of maturity, a new level of seriousness in him," a source said. "The gravity of the situation is on him; it's on everyone."
Brown said injured center Joel Embiid is "doing great." "Most importantly, he's doing fantastically in his mind," Brown said. "He is so determined to do everything that he has to, everything that people are telling him that he has to do, to get it right. There is a real progression, I think, in his maturity and his seriousness to understanding truly what needs to be done for him to give himself every chance to get back on the court."
Brian Seltzer: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who had two navicular bone injuries, a guest of Sixers tonight. https://t.co/NBeOe8qYkz
Christopher A. Vito: Brett Brown said this marks the second time Ilgaukas has met with Embiid. (Both are int'l centers who have endured navicular surgeries.)
Injured center Joel Embiid warmly greeted his teammates in the locker room before the game, lamenting how he keeps getting "sniped" in the video game Call of Duty. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is missing his second straight season with right foot surgery. He was wearing a protective boot on the foot Monday.
Derek Bodner: Former #sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams @Michael Carter-Williams): "I wouldn't say [Joel Embiid] didn't take his rehab seriously": soundcloud.com/siriusxmnba/mi…
According to the article, published Friday morning, Embiid physically threatened the team's strength coach last season, causing Embiid to be sent home from a West Coast road trip. The report said Embiid, 21, repeatedly refused to answer questions by the training staff about his workouts as he rehabs from two surgeries on his right foot. "It's just one of those things that we move on from," Brown said before a 127-118 preseason loss to Washington at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. "We're pretty much treating it as noise. We will move on from it."
The report said that owner Josh Harris instructed Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie to keep Embiid from attending the Las Vegas Summer League. Brown said that was not true. Embiid, the article said, was "determined to go to Vegas to party."
The fact that Brown sent Embiid home from a West Coast road trip last season for being insubordinate to the team’s strength coach and training staff is well documented, but according to a source, the tipping point in the decision was Embiid physically threatening the strength coach on that road trip. According to sources, this followed a pattern of insubordination from Embiid during the rehabilitation of his initial foot injury that sidelined him for the entire 2014–15 season, where he would repeatedly refuse to answer questions from the training staff about his workouts and therapy sessions.
Max Rapaport: Hinkie says original fracture site was improving month by month before CT scan showed less healing early in summer; no symptoms of re-break. In other words, Hinkie says Joel Embiid didn’t re-break his navicular bone. Less healing than expected was cause for second procedure.
Steve Kyler: Interesting comment from 76ers source on Joel Embiid rehab 76ers "not worried about next ten months, more concerned about next ten years". 76ers stance on rehab is that a conservative and complete rehab schedule will be followed, no corners will be cut, no artificial timelines
There was no immediate word from the Sixers and general manager Sam Hinkie didn't respond to a text message. It's unclear where the surgery was performed. The Sixers sent out a release July 11 saying Embiid would have a bone graft “in the next seven to 10 days.” Embiid is expected to sit out the 2015-16 season.
Sixers center Joel Embiid had successful foot surgery on Tuesday, according to a league source. The source described the surgery as "all good."
Joel Embiid: EVERYTHING WENT REALLY WELL..... Excited for the future #BELIEVE #JE21 #Sixers http://instagram.com/p/6ii7VkFrvL/
The $9 million the Philadelphia 76ers ownership will pay Joel Embiid in his first two years, even though he has not played an NBA game, will come out of their pockets. Although Embiid's contract is insured, since it is among the five highest salaries on the team, sources say Embiid's right foot was excluded from the policy because it was a pre-existing injury.
Marc J. Spears: Joel Embiid, who will have Kevin Durant type foot surgery Tuesday, made classy move by attending Sixers asst. @LloydPierceLP wedding Friday.
Joel Embiid has not yet undergone a second surgery on his right foot, sources close to the situation told CSNPhilly.com, however, that procedure is still scheduled to take place and Embiid is still expected to miss the upcoming 2015-16 season. In early July, the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that Embiid will require another surgery to address the navicular bone injury in his right foot. The team confirmed that report in a statement and said it anticipated “the procedure will take place in the next 7-10 days.” That was nearly a month ago, and Embiid has yet to have the surgery.
The holdup has led to speculation in the media. When asked about the delay, one source said it was partly because Embiid -- who is 21 and who, according to president/general manager Sam Hinkie, has been pain-free -- was coming to terms with the decision. The source indicated that Embiid and his confidants wanted more time to review the matter and select a doctor. A doctor has been chosen, though the source declined to provide that information.
The source said Embiid also reached out to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The Thunder star underwent a bone graft on his right foot in late March. That surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, home to one of at least 12 doctors the Sixers and Embiid have so far consulted about Embiid’s hyper-complicated situation.
What is going on with Joel Embiid and his impending surgery? For some reason, the 76ers aren't telling. Numerous texts and phone calls to president and general manager Sam Hinkie and others in the organization by the Daily News have gotten no response as the time frame the team set for Embiid's second surgery on his injured right foot has passed by nearly a month.
When and how this most recent injury happened is still a mystery. Since the season ended and up until the June 13 statement, a source said Embiid was working out daily at the team's practice facility. When asked if he was playing five-on-five, the source said no, but "only because there weren't enough people to play five-on-five. He was playing very meaningful games of three-on-three and was doing fullcourt workouts. He is pretty much a full go." Words used to describe Embiid's play were "dominant" and "explosive."
Could Embiid be waiting for the surgery? Is the Sixers’ potential franchise center trying to avoid a second operation after having two screws inserted into his navicular bone on his foot 13½ months ago, which caused him to miss his rookie campaign? Did Embiid already have surgery? Is he recuperating in Los Angeles or someplace else? The answer to these and other questions is: your guess is as good as mine. If the Sixers know, they’re not saying. The fans want to — and deserve to — know.
“I knew about it before [it was announced]; we talked about it a few weeks ago,” Okafor said of Embiid’s injury. “It’s unfortunate, but I’m here for him. I know he’s definitely disappointed. I’m just going to be there for him and play for him as well. … It doesn’t [change my role]. My role is to dominate. I’m one of the centerpieces of this team, so my role is the same.”
Of course, there is the impending surgery on Joel Embiid's right foot, which should be any day. Sources have confirmed to the Daily News that the navicular bone in his right foot was rebroken.
Hinkie said the Sixers consulted with experts from five states, as well as Australia, the Netherlands and Qatar. The Sixers are concerned this could be career-threatening, a source told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Embiid had two screws inserted into the navicular bone in his foot to repair a stress fracture in June 2014. He was projected to miss five to nine months, but didn't play in the 2014-15 season and never even scrimmaged 5-on-5.
John R. Finger: league source confirms the report from @Keith Pompey. Embiid to have surgery. Could miss another season.
76ers center Joel Embiid will likely miss the 2015-16 season. The 7-footer will have a second surgery after the latest setback in the healing of his right foot, according to several NBA sources. The team will decide whether to have it in North Carolina or at the New York Hospital of Special Surgery. “I would say there’s a great possibility that Embiid won’t play next year,” the source said. “Just think how long they sat him when they thought he was healthy.”
The Sixers are planning as if Embiid won’t play this season, sources say. Another source said the franchise is concerned that this setback could be career-threatening. The Sixers are expected to release a statement about Embiid’s immediate future. It could come as early as next week.
The 76ers have yet to decide on Joel Embiid's playing status due still acquiring information in regards to the healing process of his right foot. “No change as of yet,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said Thursday. “A number of meetings are happening about that, even one today. But we have meeting almost every day about that. We don’t not have anything ready to announce.”
The 76ers are close to making a decision that will dictate center Joel Embiid's immediate and long-term future, general manager Sam Hinkie said in a news conference Friday morning. Hinkie said that another surgery has not been ruled out as an option, and that he can't see Embiid playing in either of the Sixers' two summer league teams.
76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said on the Breakfast on Broad show Friday that three more doctors will evaluate the latest setback in the healing of Joel Embiid's right foot. "We're still waiting," O'Neil said. "We have another three doctors to come see him. The nice thing about jobs like these – you can literally get the best experts in the world. All you have to do is call and they love to see us." He added that the franchise could get an answer about the 7-foot center's future in "a couple of weeks."
Self also took the time to draw a distinction between a “setback,” and what Embiid has been told. “By no means, from what [Embiid] has told us, ‘slow down’ does not mean major setback. It means they’re gonna give it a little bit more time to heal before they put him in stressful situations.”
On Monday, Embiid’s college coach, Bill Self, addressed the media and discussed what he knows about the latest chapter in his former pupil’s story. Benton Smith of KUSports shared some of Self’s comments on Embiid. “Basically, he’s been working out and everything, and the doctor told him, based on doing the MRIs or X-rays or whatever they do, even though it feels better, it doesn’t look like it’s made the progress they would hope at this stage, so they were gonna slow him down,” Self told the media.
76ers center Joel Embiid may not be available to play at the start of the NBA season after the latest setback in the healing of his right foot, an NBA source said Sunday. There's also a legitimate chance that the 7-footer could miss the entire season.
Since the season ended, the 7-foot, 250-pounder has been at the team's practice facility working out almost daily. He hasn't played five-on-five, simply because teammates scattered after the season and not enough are in town. Even so, a source said that Embiid has been working out very hard and playing "meaningful" half-court games. The source said that Embiid was a "full go" and has looked "shockingly good" in workouts.
John Gonzalez: League source: Too early to know one way or other if Joel Embiid will require surgery. Sixers still gathering info. Hasn’t been ruled out. To be clear, it’s possible Joel Embiid won’t require surgery. But told nothing ruled out while team gathers info/consults specialists
Jeff Skversky: Joel Embiid's right foot will NOT require a second surgery an NBA Source close to the #Sixers center tells @6abc
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft who missed his rookie season with injury, suffered a setback in the healing process of his right foot, league sources told Yahoo Sports. After weeks of rigorous workouts, Embiid had not felt pain in the foot, but a recent CT scan revealed an issue in the healing process, sources said. Philadelphia is consulting with doctors on how to best proceed, and it's still premature to speculate on the possibility of another surgical procedure that could sideline Embiid, sources said.
November 29, 2022 | 9:13 pm EST Update
Then Jones addressed the status of Paul, who hasn’t played since Nov. 7 at Philadelphia where he injured the foot in the first half of a loss to the 76ers. “Chris, he’s close,” Jones said. “He’s coming back. He’ll be back. I can’t tell you he’ll be back (Wednesday). He’s been looking good and we’re still taking the long view with him. From Day 1, we’ve said that when our guys are eligible to play, when they’re available, they’re completely available. No restrictions. Nothing mentally, physically, to hold them back. So he’s getting there. And once he gets there, you’ll know.”
Brad Townsend: Kemba Walker on TNT: “I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in a very long time. I’m excited to be back. I’m happy these guys picked me up. I’m ready to get started.” . . Says he hopes to add ballhandling and leadership qualities, “good locker room guy.”
Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams started addressing General Manager James Jones’ promotion to president of basketball operations in a way only he can. “He’s earned it,” Williams said before Monday’s 122-117 win at Sacramento. “He’s turned the organization around however you want to put it. He can get rid of me anytime he wants to now. Probably the best way to look at it.”
Moving forward, Jones says he’ll be stepping away from more of the day-to-day whirlwind and delegating some of those responsibilities in order to focus on more big-picture objectives. For the time being, Jones is not eyeing any personnel changes like hiring a new general manger to take on some of his current duties. But he didn’t completely shut down the idea for further on down the line either. “I’m not focused on that right now,” he said. “I mean, if that happens, it happens, but for me right now, it’s getting us to the All-Star break.”
The Suns currently are atop the Western Conference. They’ve won their last five games. “This team is special,” Jones said. “There aren’t any challenges that are daunting to us. If it’s injury, if it’s external situations, external factors, it’s back-to-backs, tough one-point losses. They don’t affect our psyche. Our guys all come in, they work and they show up in big moments. So I’m proud of this team just because I know these guys and I get a chance to see them every day. They don’t get a chance to display their grit and resiliency, but they’ve been able to do it for the first 20 games and we’ve been better for it.”
Jones admitted he’s obviously keeping tabs on the latest with the ownership situation, but for now, Crowder is the pressing issue at hand. Unfortunately, little has changed over the last few weeks, as Jones said there’s “nothing new” with Crowder. “Just haven’t been able to get a deal done,” he said. “It’s the NBA, right? Timing, there are there aren’t any perfect times. Like, there’s no window where they say ‘Hey, all deals are done here.’ We have natural deadlines, like the trade deadline, where you usually have a flurry of deals, but other than that, it’s just finding the right fit, and we just haven’t been able to find that yet.”
In fact, Tucker has the highest plus/minus on the Sixers at plus-78. “The thing I’ll say with PJ, because I can feel lately that PJ’s been the whipping boy, who do you think is the highest plus/minus guy on our team?” asked coach Doc Rivers. “I think what we do is, we look at points. It’s all we focus on. We don’t focus on everything.”