Joel Embiid, who missed the first two seasons of his NBA career due to a series of injuries, is finally ready to take the court for the Philadelphia 76ers in the preseason starting October.
Sixers coach Brett Brown joined the Zach Lowe podcast over the weekend to speak about Embiid’s recovery and the myriad of workout videos that have surfaced on social media over the last month.
“I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago. Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited,” Brown said on the podcast, while adding how excited the Sixers fans were to see Embiid back in action.
In 2014, Embiid was drafted No. 3 overall just days after undergoing a surgery for a facture in the navicular bone in his right foot. At the time, it seemed like a gutsy decision by Philadelphia, who have pinned their hopes on the former Kansas standout to overcome the injuries.
Since 2014, Embiid has undergone another follow-up surgery. And yet, the Sixers haven’t given up hope on Embiid, realizing that the supremely talented big man could be a game-changer at the next level.
Check out Embiid’s latest workout video below:
Joel Embiid finally ready…
“There’s a real feel good mentality right now in our city. I think everybody’s starting to get excited,” Brown continued. “Obviously, this is just one more phase, one more wave on how we build our program.
“But we have such fantastic young, talented pieces to try to put that puzzle together. Everybody’s excited here in Philadelphia,” said Brown about the young Sixers squad, which also boasts of Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric.
When asked if Embiid would be ready for the preseason opener against the Boston Celtics on October 4, Brown emphatically said: “Yes, he is.”
The Sixers have bolstered their roster with the addition of No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, who is the odds-on favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award this coming season.
Philadelphia intends to build around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as its franchise cornerstones.