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Embiid Attempting On-Court Work in Los Angeles
Saturday, Jan. 2
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Sixers head coach Brett Brown said the center is doing both on-court and off-court work during a short stay out West.
"It's all part of that rehab and that plan and path that he is on with David Martin, one of the world's recognized sports scientists," Brown said. "He's created a plan and path. The number of people around Joel Embiid is massive. We really are leaving no stone unturned with trying to get him to return to play."
The report noted that the post player was seen doing some agility work after a team shootaround. Brown stated he's being "closely monitored" every step of the way.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Embiid's career has seen one setback after another, starting when he was coming out of Kentucky. He suffered a broken bone in his right foot that required surgery before the draft, and it ultimately prevented him from playing for the 76ers as a rookie.
Last June, Embiid suffered a setback during his rehab that required an additional procedure and will keep him out for the 2015-16 season. Pompey said last August (h/t Zach Harper of CBS Sports) that the 76ers hope to have the 21-year-old back in October.
Given the amount of time Embiid has missed, combined with this latest injury, it's perfectly reasonable to assume he will never live up to the hype of being a top-three selection. The bigger question is, can he make any kind of impact in the NBA?