Joel Embiid is ready to get on the court for the Sixers and the big man is optimistic about his progress, as he tells Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I feel 100 percent and ready to get started, my summer has been great,” said Embiid, who was making his first public remarks on his health. “We have been working on a lot this summer, and I got a chance to play a little bit against the guys, and it has been going great.”
The center admits that there will still be some restrictions once he sees the court for the first time in his young NBA career. “Yes, probably, I think the decision will probably be about that I haven’t played in two years. It won’t be because people are worried that I am going to reinjure myself, which I don’t think is going to happen, but it will be about the fact I haven’t played in two years and take it slow,” he added.
Coach Brett Brown recently said that he expects Embiid to be ready to play in the preseason. “Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited,” Brown said last week.
The former No. 3 overall pick missed his first two seasons with Philadelphia because of a foot injury, which required him to have multiple surgeries. He was cleared to play five-on-five basketball back in June.