Almost two years after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Joel Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game. He’s missed his first two seasons dealing with recurring foot issues, and the Sixers are hoping he’ll be ready for next season. In the meantime, they’ve sent him to Qatar along with some team officials to do rehab work at a highly regarded orthopedic clinic, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Joel Embiid is back in Qatar. This time, the 76ers center has some team personnel with him.
Embiid left Philadelphia this week and will spend the next several weeks at Aspetar, an orthopedic and sports medicine hospital located in Doha, Qatar. He had a lot of success there, and the team wanted to send him back for more treatment, according to a source.
Out of the Sixers’ stable of young bigs, including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric (who is reportedly set to join the team next season from overseas), Embiid is widely considered the most talented player and the one with the best shot at becoming the kind of superstar that was the focus of the team’s controversial tanking strategy. But only if he can get healthy, and that’s been a big “if” so far.