Joel Embiid Has Torn Meniscus In Left Knee

Joel Embiid has a torn meniscus in his left knee, Derek Bodner reports on his website. It’s a low-grade tear and Embiid is not expected to require surgery as a result of it.

Embiid has missed 11 out of the team’s last 12 games, including tonight’s contest against the Heat. It’s likely that he remains sidelined through the All-Star break, a source tells Bodner.

Bodner adds that the tear was discovered after the Sixers’ win over the Blazers on January 20. During that contest, Embiid landed awkwardly and left the game in the third quarter. Although the big man underwent an MRI after the game and it revealed the diagnosis, it’s possible the tear could have been a pre-existing condition.

Embiid played a week after receiving the diagnosis in a nationally televised game against the Rockets. A source tells Bodner that Embiid was experiencing no pain or discomfort at the time.

Earlier today, Embiid addressed the local media, as Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer relays.

“I’m not healthy,” Embiid said. “I think my [left] knee [has a] bone bruise. It’s been on and off working out. It swells up a little bit, and then it kind of slows down. Like I said, it’s all about patience. But I’m not healthy.”

Embiid attended rapper Meek Mill’s concert on Friday night in Philadelphia where he danced shirtless on stage. He was asked about that event during today’s media session and he said that today was the best he has felt in the past two weeks. He stressed that patience is key in regards to him returning to the court. “I missed two years and we had a lot of patience,” he said. “This is not the time to lose patience.”

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12 thoughts on “Joel Embiid Has Torn Meniscus In Left Knee

  1. He’s done. Greg Oden #2. Clearly his body can’t handle NBA basketball. Very sad…Philly is years into this process and has very little to show.

    • Greg Oden was hurt…..Greg Oden was also about 40% of the player Embid is. Next to Cousins and Towns….Embid is the best all around Center in the NBA….Bad comparison

  2. No one should read into this as a bad injury. Maybe I’m wrong. Have been multiple times in my life(ask my wife). But this is part of the tank. Hence why he came back for the nationally televised game. He had a huge game and then right back out. So many guards in this draft and they need one. If you look at this team going into next year they can get up towards a 6th seed. Blah blah blah health. I get that. Every team can say if healthy. But Embiid showing he’s dominate. Then Saric and Simmons at the forwards. Saric is looking legit and will get much better. Unless Simmons is a bust he will be a stud. If they get a guard in the draft watch out. TJ is that gutsy Philadelphia style player the city likes. They can be a 500 team next year.

    • marshmallowman

      this is why i’ve been telling friends we can’t trade okafor. our big men have proven time and again to be injury prone. g-d forbid joel is out an extended period, u have either nerlens or jah start and one comes off the bench. jah is at least controllable through next season and you give nerlens whatever it takes. we have the cap room. u can trade jah during next year’s deadline if joel and nerlens are healthy

      • hdtrip

        They can still trade Okafor. Remember they have Richaun Holmes too. He’s shown he can be a beast when given playing time.

      • KCelts

        Not really. Okafor just doesn’t seem to fit Philly’s system. Plus when he’s healthy, Embiid flat-out squeezes him out. They still have Noel and Richaun as well to fill his spot too.

  3. Joeycalexc

    If Sacramento was losing and lakers winning he would play. This is tanking lite anyway you look at it. If kings had 10 wins sixers would be pushing for a playoff spot and flip picks

  4. Phattey

    Hmmm time to trade okafor get some picks and follow the philly way, tank the rest of the season use all our draft picks on centers. We don’t rebuild we reload.

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