Since the report last month that he would need a second consecutive season-ending foot surgery, the particulars of Joel Embiid’s procedure have been something of a mystery. The report that he would need the surgery surfaced over a month ago, and there’s been no concrete developments since then — until now. In making a note about Embiid attending a Sixers assistant’s wedding, Yahoo’s Marc Spears points out that the 21-year-old center’s surgery now has a date: Tuesday.
It’s good that there’s a date on it now. Once Embiid has the surgery, he can start rehab and we’ll get a clearer (not clear, but clearer) idea of his long-term health. So that’s good.
Still, everything about Embiid’s situation just sucks. The Sixers took him with the No. 3 pick in 2014, but he was on track to be the first overall pick before the foot fracture was discovered. He’s that kind of talent. Unfortunately, one of the worst injuries a big man can have is a foot fracture. Those have a tendency to come back, given his size and how much weight he has to put on the foot. It’s already wiped out his first two full seasons in the NBA, and there’s no telling when he’ll be able to play. Hopefully these injuries are just a blip in what turns out to be a long, successful career, but there’s not a lot of reason to be optimistic about that right now.