Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid missed his entire rookie season with a right foot injury, and now Embiid has suffered a setback with that foot. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the problem before Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie released a statement (via the Sixers’ official site):
“As part of the conservative approach focused on the long-term health, recovery and care of Joel, we have been closely monitoring his progress, regularly evaluating his status and adjusting our plans accordingly.
“Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process. During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.
“Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career, and as such, these findings cause us to pause and reassess his current activities. Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluations, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists.
“Discussions regarding the appropriate next steps are currently ongoing and we will share an update once it becomes available.”
Embiid, who also has a history of back issues, had surgery for a stress fracture in the foot just days before the 2014 NBA Draft. Despite this, Philadelphia still took him No. 3 and subsequently brought him along slowly in his rehab. He’d been ramping up workouts of late before this setback occurred.
It remains unclear just how long Embiid will be sidelined. The plan was for him to participate in Summer League, but that may be in jeopardy. There’s some speculation that he won’t need another surgery:
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) June 14, 2015
With all of the injuries Embiid has already dealt with, he’s trending in a similar direction as Greg Oden, another talented big man who had his career ruined by injuries. Hopefully the Kansas product can get past these issues and be ready for next season.