By Jack Ryan
The Sixers have been silent lately on the subject of Joel Embiid’s knee.
Has it been strategic or accidental?
A team spokesman said before yesterday’s 105-99 home victory over the Celtics that Embiid had returned to Philly after visiting “some doctors and specialists” in Los Angeles and San Diego.
“That information is currently being reviewed by the team, our medical team and, of course, his representatives are involved in this as well,” the spokesman said.
There is no timetable for making a decision about how to proceed, according to the spokesman. “We’re still reviewing the information related to next steps,” he said.
Embiid only played in one game (Jan. 27) since injuring his left knee in a Jan. 20 game against the Trail Blazers. The team initially called it a contusion, then a bone bruise before team president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo admitted Feb. 11 that Embiid had a “very minor meniscus tear.”
Embiid is expected to require surgery. The longer this process continues, the more some fans wonder if it’ll mean a somewhat lengthy recovery time.
Other fans noted season-ticket renewals for 2017-18 are due at the end of this week and don’t anticipate an Embiid announcement until after that date.
The knee, coupled with Embiid not playing in both games of a back-to-back after missing his first two seasons due to a pair of right foot surgeries, limited the 7-2, 275-pound Embiid to 31 games this season and 31 of a possible 264 over three years. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocked shots in 25.4 minutes for the 2016-17 Sixers.
Embiid was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft despite breaking a bone in his foot during a predraft workout.