As part of a larger takedown of the Philadelphia 76ers’ “process,” Brian Geltzeiler of The Cauldron detailed a pattern of insubordination from Joel Embiid that has the franchise concerned and upset.
Embiid, who has now undergone two surgeries on his foot, was selected by Sam Hinkie with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Hinkie knew about Embiid’s red flags, but he couldn’t have imagined just how troublesome the selection would become.
The issues apparently started after the first surgery, when Embiid reportedly refused time and time again to answer questions from the training staff about his rehab. He also reportedly had an incident with the Sixers’ strength coach during the team’s West Coast road trip that resulted in him being sent home by head coach Brett Brown.
Things haven’t gotten any better recently. Some in the front office apparently believe that Embiid’s second surgery could possibly have been avoided if the big man wore his walking boot more often like he was told, and his refusal to wear the boot during Las Vegas Summer League (which the Sixers supposedly didn’t want him to attend so he could undergo his surgery) has some thinking that he actually did re-break the bone in his foot, which resulted in that second surgery getting pushed back.
Not only that, but the Sixers have been trying to get Embiid on a healthy diet, but he’s reportedly not following the team’s wishes in that regard. There are concerns about his conditioning and dietary habits, and it’s caused plenty of contention.
Embiid, 21, is still an extremely talented prospect, but this certainly isn’t a great look for him or the franchise. Hopefully he can turn things around and make a positive impact for Philadelphia at some point, but right now, it’s not pretty.