Joel Embiid and his foot injury have not been healing as fast as expected, according to Philly GM Same Hinkie. Embiid was Philly's third pick in last year's NBA draft and missed all of last season due to the injury.
"Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process. During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point."
Rumors out there are suggesting everything from Embiid missing summer league, to missing the start of the season, to potentially missing the entire season all together.
With all due respect to Embiid, who has nothing to do with Philadelphia's decision to tank for the last two entire seasons, the franchise completely deserves this. They have used back to back lottery picks on players they knew would be injured, they have traded decent players to acquire potential cap space and worse players, and they have trotted out worse lineups than their usual garbage to lose games to better their draft chances. They may be doing what most NBA followers think is the lesser of two evils, by bottoming out vs. becoming a middle of the road team with no chance at the lottery and no chance of winning, but at some point you know the basketball God's aren't going to reward intentional tanking.
If the karma of intentionally trashing seasons is going to be punished, we can only hope those smiting God's of the hardwood will reward good behavior. Even when the roster dictated that a tank may be the play, our hero Brad Stevens and his team have gone out there for two seasons trying to win every game. Hopefully that karma will be rewarded with a prosperous summer for the Celtics, and the inverse for one of our Atlantic Division rivals.
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