Joel Embiid Requires Second Foot Surgery, To Miss Entire 2015-16 Season
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid requires another surgery in his wounded right foot one month after undergoing the first surgery. The second surgery will rule out the the Sixer’s center for the entire 2015-16 season.
The Sixers announced that Embiid will require a bone-grafting procedure for his fractured right foot. Keith Pompey of Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed this earlier on Saturday.
“We have been consistent in our philosophy that our focus will be Joel’s long-term health and wellness to ensure he will have a long and impactful career in the NBA,” general manager of 76ers Sam Hinkie said in a statement.
“There was careful consideration given to a number of options related to this particular situation,” Hinkie continued.
“A collective decision has been made that the best approach to promote full healing would be to proceed with a bone graft of the fracture site. We anticipate the procedure will take place in the next 7-10 days and result in Joel missing the upcoming season.”
The 21-year-old 7-footer starred for Bill Self at Kansas City in his only collegiate season but suffered a lower back injury that ruled him out for the entire Big 12 tournament.
Embiid was considered as one of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft; the Cleveland Cavaliers were eying him as the first overall draft. But the Cameroonian center was unfortunate to miss out as he suffered a tiny fracture in the navicular bone one week earlier. Houston Rockets star Yao Ming broke the same bone, suffering multiple fractures that eventually prompted his retirement.
But Embiid can draw inspiration from former Cleveland Cavaliers great Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who missed three seasons and underwent separate surgeries on the bone before being able to stay on the court. Ilgauskas continued for another decade including his couple of All-star appearances.