Joel Embiid said the reason behind his decision to sit out the past several games with left knee soreness — including Saturday night’s nationally televised showdown with the Golden State Warriors — is that he’s focusing on his long-term health. “It’s all about long-term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said before Saturday night’s game at Wells Fargo Center. “Knowing the team, what we’ve been through, and knowing me and I like to push everything, I like to play through anything. We just felt like it was better to preserve. “I didn’t feel good, but it’s getting better.”
Initially reticent to give a specific time frame for his return, Embiid eventually relented and said -- after saying he'd be back "soon" several times -- that he plans to return sometime next week. He also said multiple times that if he had to, he could play now, but that there's little need to push things given Philadelphia's comfortable positioning in the middle of the East standings.
"Right now it's all about preserving, all about the playoffs," he said. "I've said it in the past, but I've matured a lot. I've learned not to fight on stupid stuff. If the team wants me to rest, I'll listen, and if I feel good, I'll play. But if I need some rest, at the end of the day, it's all about being healthy. I understand it. "They've got my back, and I've got theirs ... if I felt like my teammates needed me, the coaches needed me really bad, I would feel compelled to play. But right now, with the knee and with the guys we've added, it's also good to learn how to play without me; I actually think it benefits us, and I am excited to come back and fit in."
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Brett Brown: ‘There certainly will be some adjustment to absorbing (Embiid) back. I can’t wait to coach him again.’
Serena Winters: Joel Embiid will not play against Golden State. We are still awaiting for an official update from the team. #Sixers
Joel Embiid is experiencing left knee soreness and will undergo treatment involving physical therapy and load management. He had an MRI which revealed no structural damage. As a precaution, he is listed as out and will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes in last Sunday's All-Star game.
Jon Johnson: Per team source, Joel Embiid had been experiencing occasional knee soreness prior to all-star break, & had been receiving treatment. Returned from break, had precautionary scan, which was clean. Rest and physical therapy to ensure he’s in best health for stretch run.
Kyle Neubeck: Joel Embiid is not listed on the 5:30 pm injury report tonight. Barring a late change, seems everybody will be full go
Serena Winters: Some encouraging news, Brett Brown does not seem concerned about Joel Embiid’s back, said he’s fine.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown expects Butler, Embiid and Chandler to all play tomorrow vs. #Lakers.
Tim Bontemps: Brett Brown says Joel Embiid is still questionable for tonight’s game. Says that if the back issue gets to a point where the team needs to have him sit, they will do so. Says things haven’t gotten to that point yet, though.
Tom Moore: Joel Embiid warming up pregame. Doesn’t seem to be moving especially well. #Sixers pic.twitter.com/Kub0e4d8kY
Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler questionable for tomorrow’s game with a rib contusion. Joel Embiid still listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.
Kyle Neubeck: JJ Redick and Joel Embiid are both questionable for tonight’s game. Embiid has a sore left ankle that was tweaked in the Washington game.
Serena Winters: Lots of #Sixers updates for tonight’s game. Joel Embiid is questionable with left knee soreness. Jimmy Butler is out with an upper respiratory infection. Wilson Chandler is out with an upper respiratory infection.
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown said Joel Embiid was experiencing flu-like symptoms in addition to the migraine. Didn't think he would play until late.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers center Joel Embiid, who missed Sunday’s practice with a migraine headache, was not listed on today’s 5:30 p.m. injury report for Monday’s game vs. #Detroit #Pistons.
Tom Moore: Brett Brown: Landry Shamet (lower back) and Joel Embiid (migraine) are questionable for #Sixers Monday game vs #Pistons
However, Brown is concerned about the hand, just as he's concerned that the big man is playing too many minutes. Embiid averages 34.9 minutes per game, which is tied for 13th in the league with Chicago Bulls small forward Justin Holiday and Los Angeles Clippers small forward Tobias Harris. "It's Joel Embiid," Brown said, "and we all get the importance that represents to our program." At some point, the coach hopes to give him a game off. The Sixers are discussing a time to do that. On Paper, Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center would be a great time. Cleveland has a league-worst 2-13 record.
Derek Bodner: #Sixers center Joel Embiid (rolled ankle) will go through a pregame workout to determine his availability for tonight's game.
"A lot of guys, when they have nothing to talk [trash] about, and when they know that they're clearly not better than you, they have a tendency to talk about the past, bringing up my injury streak," he says. "I'm really not an injury-prone player. I just had that one injury that took, like, two years."
As a follow up to @howardeskin report - Per source, there is a chance of an alteration, or removal of mask for Joel Embiid in coming days. Nothing definitive at moment, but a possibility.
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid was asked about and refused to use his mask as an excuse for his struggles against Boston. “Everything I’ve been doing in this series, I won’t put that on the mask. That’s on me.”
Embiid felt 'sore' on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. "I need about five massages today. It hurts," Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. "But it's the NBA. I'm trying to get back in the groove."
Embiid acknowledged that the mask bothered him at times Thursday night. "At the end of the day, no matter how much it bothers me I still got to be a basketball player," he said. "If the shots aren't falling or it gets foggy and I can't see, you know, there's a lot of different stuff I can do."
Ramona Shelburne: The mask Embiid is wearing tonight has protective eyewear built into it! It’s carbon AND poly carbonate. Hence, it’s stronger than a normal mask. Let’s just say this has been a super involved hi-tech project between the Sixers, Embiid’s camp and the independent league doctors.
Ramona Shelburne: The reasons this was such a “process.” It’s the second time Embiid has broken this area of his face. First time was at Kansas. All the doctors involved felt there was significant risk of reinjury. So there’s been a lot of work done in developing this new stronger mask.
Ramona Shelburne: My understanding is that the mask Embiid is gonna wear is the one he and the Sixers requested. In other words he's comfortable with it.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra on Embiid, "You have to deal with whatever's in front of you. We anticipated he would be part of this series."
Shandel Richardson: Spo on Embiid possibly playing tonight in Game 3: "We're not trying to duck competition."
Ramona Shelburne: Both from a healing and a protection standpoint (the mask!) he's been cleared, per sources. But needs to go through pregame warmups before they make the final call.
Joel Embiid is still in the process of receiving full clearance to return to the court, according to a source familiar with the situation who spoke with PhillyVoice. Embiid, who is looking at a return to play following surgery to address a broken orbital bone on the left side of his face, will ultimately need final clearance from the surgical team responsible for performing the operation, per a source.
Ramona Shelburne: Sixers are listing Joel Embiid as DOUBTFUL for Game 3 tomorrow on the injury report
Barry Jackson: Embiid status for gm 3 undetermined, Brett Brown just said at 76ers practice in Overtown. Asked if optimistic about it, Brown said "neutral"
Jessica Camerato: Brown on what Embiid did yesterday in practice: "He did a little bit of contact. Not much, but a little. Got up and down and scripted some plays. But really not much more than that." Said Embiid handled the contact "quite well."
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said on Tuesday that the organization, Joel Embiid, his representatives and team doctors are "very unified" in how Embiid's injury is being handled. The All-Star center expressed frustration late Monday night about being held out of the Sixers' Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat thanks to injury.
January 19, 2022 | 8:56 am EST Update
The Kings were not willing to entertain the thought of trading De’Aaron Fox last summer when they started surveying the market for a transformational move to alter the course of the franchise, but the situation in Sacramento has changed. A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings have stepped up their pursuit of Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis and they are including Fox in those discussions. Fox was so far off the table he wasn’t discussed when the Kings approached the Philadelphia 76ers about Ben Simmons last summer, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Bee, but now Fox is reportedly part of those conversations as well.
Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes have been the subject of trade speculation dating back to last season. This is new terrain for Fox, who is in the first year of a five-year, $163 million max contract, but he told ABC10’s Sean Cunningham he was not surprised to hear his name in trade rumors. “In most sports, most players come up in trade talks,” Fox said after practice Tuesday as the Kings prepared to face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. “Obviously, you don’t have too many people who are really untouchable, so you always know something can happen.”
Could Fox be better? Yes. Could he be more engaged this season? Very specifically, yes. Things I hear behind the scenes… he’s not as engaged in the team, as he has been in the past. And that’s a problem.
As for which scenario is looking the most likely, I’ll say this much: While I’m fairly confident that Atlanta has zero interest in taking on both Simmons and Harris in a John Collins-centric deal, the Kings appear to be considering the idea more seriously.
Make no mistake, sources close to Simmons continue to insist that he’ll sit out the entire season if a deal isn’t done by the deadline. To DA’s point, that means the postseason would be unnecessarily brutal on Embiid when it comes to the load he’s asked to carry. There is, not surprisingly, serious skepticism from Simmons’ side as to the authenticity of Embiid’s messaging. “Joel is Daryl, and Daryl is Joel,” as one source put it.
Longtime Trail Blazers executive Joe Cronin was elevated to the interim general manager role after Neil Olshey’s firing in early December. With Lillard’s future still uncertain, he needs to upgrade this roster to calm those waters. Sources say Detroit’s Jerami Grant and Boston’s Jaylen Brown are the types of talents that would achieve that goal, but it remains to be seen if Cronin can pull something like that off.
Beal has made it clear he doesn’t plan to sign an extension and likely will skip his player option. That would make some teams nervous, but to this point there has been no real discussion of Beal on the trade market, league executives said.
As for sellers, keep an eye on Houston as we get closer to the deadline. There’s lots of chatter about the Rockets being even more open for business than we may have previously thought, with one rival executive indicating that Houston is still on the lookout for a franchise centerpiece-worthy player and thus open to all sorts of possibilities