Joel Embiid Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

MARCH 24, 7:22pm: Embiid underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today on his left knee, the Sixers announced in a press release.

The young center will be able to transition back to full weight-bearing activites on the leg in about two weeks, at which point he’ll begin a conservative rehab process, per Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who performed the procedure.

GM Bryan Colangelo added in a statement that the team is forecasting a “healthy return to basketball activity” for Embiid.

MARCH 22, 6:20pm: Embiid will have surgery on his left knee at some point over the next few days, the Sixers announced via its Twitter feed.

4:10pm: After having been shut down for the season as a result of a knee injury, Joel Embiid is considered “very likely” to undergo surgery on that troublesome left knee, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Sixers have yet to make an official announcement regarding Embiid.

Sources tell Stein that the Sixers have been “extensively exploring” treatment options for Embiid, who suffered a partially torn meniscus and a bone bruise in his left knee earlier this year. When Philadelphia announced three weeks ago that Embiid would miss the rest of the season the team indicated that it was working with “leading specialists” to determine the best course of action for the young center.

Assuming Embiid does go under the knife, a recovery timetable won’t be established until after the procedure, Stein notes. Presumably, the 23-year-old’s rehab timeline would put him on track to be ready for the 2017/18 regular season, but this offseason will be an interesting one for Embiid and the Sixers.

As I noted earlier this month, Embiid is one of several third-year players whose injury issues will complicate contract talks this offseason. The former No. 3 overall pick looked like a potential franchise cornerstone when he was healthy earlier this season, but he has appeared in just 31 games over the course of three NBA seasons. He’ll be extension-eligible for the first time as of July 1, and it will be interesting to see what sort of deal the 76ers are willing to put on the table. If Embiid isn’t extended this year, he’ll be eligible for restricted free agency in 2018.

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18 thoughts on “Joel Embiid Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

  1. DannyQ3913

    Adam Silver and the NBA screwed the Sixers axing Hinkie and forcing the Colangelos on us.

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  2. Joeycalexc

    How many “experts” do the sixers need to decide Joel needs his knee scoped. He should have had his knee cleaned out by now. The docs are in the tank too

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  3. ChiSoxCity

    Embiid will be out of the league in 3 years, so they better give Okafor some playing time.

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    • Cleveland - City of Losers

      Embiid will be one of the best big men to ever play in the NBA when it’s all said and done. I wish we could snag him from the Sixers. I’d offer a lot for him.

      Plus he is a comedian.

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      • GoPackGo12

        One of the best big men ever? Dude can’t even stay on the court. What are you basing this off of? 50 games this year? Come on man.

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        • Cleveland - City of Losers

          Have you seen him play? Clearly you haven’t. The dude is the most gifted center in the NBA right now. His minutes were limited by design otherwise his stats would have been out of this world. I hope the Sixers get sick of his injuries and ship him to Cleveland. We’ll take him.

          Wonder if he can play football too?

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  4. Z-A

    Should have happened a month ago. I don’t know that Hinkie would be the best GM for the Sixers in the long run, I just know that the Cola brothers seem like they don’t know what they’re doing.

    With over 60 years of GM experience… they have 6-8 good movies between them. Half of them involve the same player – Hornacek, Nance, Barkley, Nash

    Bryan at least drafted some quality guys, but most of his trades were junk. Some profile names, that never panned out to much of anything.

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  5. Yes, but keep in mind, with how well he played he never had to ply a back to back game, nor was he ever given extended minutes to ensure his team tries to win. So while his numbers will go up with more playing time, other games his numbers may be down slightly simply to fatigue and wear and tear of the NBA schedule.

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  6. Exactly, thats the truth. But i wouldn’t be surprised if they said hire colangelos little boy and get hinkie out in any way possible before the draft lottery and the nba guaranteed the 6ers the #1 pick to get ben simmons

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  7. CN, i doubt any of embiids counting stats would go down just cause he was playing more minutes and back to backs. Maybe in some games where hes hypothetically more tired i dont see him rebounding 1-2 less rebounds or 2-6 less points in those games when he’ll be hypothetically playing 32-36 minutes next year instead of the 25 minutes a night he averaged this year. Maybe his shooting percentage or some things like that may dip in back to back games but in 7-11 extra minutes a night and with more experience i dont see how a healthy embiid wouldn’t be alot better next year especially with even more elite nba talent in saric, simmons and 1-2 top 7 draft picks this year.

    If embiid gets and stays healthy we are at least looking at the best player to come into the league since lebron james! And possibly we could be talking about the best player in the nba in the future and potentially looking at a top 5 all time nba legend. But its all about health right now with embiid

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