The pic above comes to us via reader Andrew, who spotted Embiid exiting an SUV with a full cast on his right foot. As far as I know, it’s the first time we’ve seen JoJo post-surgery when he wasn’t still drugged up. And with that, we’re back to square one.
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Darryl Dawkins, one of the flashiest Sixers of all time, has reportedly passed away, according to WFMZ in Lehigh Valley. Dawkins leaves behind one hell of a legacy. He was the first player drafted to the NBA right out of high school. He’s one of the most ferocious and famous dunkers of all time. He was a snazzy dresser. He despised backboards:
He played for the Sixers from 1975 to 1982, over which time he averaged 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. In recent years Dawkins had worked with the Sixers in many capacities including public appearances, camps, and events. He tried to help me shoot free throws in Wildwood about 13 years ago. I asked him to dunk. He laughed at me.
Dawkins was 58 years old.
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For all Joshua Harris and his ownership partners have done for the Sixers – and depending on whom you ask that’s either a lot or nothing at all – there hasn’t been much word of them helping Philadelphia outside of cheap tickets on the secondary market. Sure, they run basketball camps and donate food and all of that standard stuff, as basketball teams do, but they’re building their practice facility in Camden, and some people can’t get it out of their head that they’ll just dump the team to the highest bidder as soon as they can. Maybe part of the reason that thought remains prevalent is that they still don’t feel Philadelphia. Harris does all this stuff, but it’s almost like he needs some kind of big donation to a local non-profit to really embrace the Philadelphia-ness of it all. That’s probably not how he saw it, but he wrote a big check anyway.
Harris will reportedly donate $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, or PAL, the biggest gift in the organization’s history. According to the Inquirer, “the donation is being made through a family foundation affiliated with Harris.” And it’s a huge deal. The 2013 revenue for PAL was only $2.2 million. So Harris’ donation is “Name One After Me” kind of money. Maybe they can switch my old neighborhood PAL, the Rizzo PAL, to the Harris PAL. That’d be cool. I’d love to be a billionaire’s PAL.
Yesterday, Joel Embiid sent everyone a quick post-surgery update while still in his hospital bed. A couple of hours later [editor’s note: at 9:34 p.m.], the Sixers sent out some actual details on the procedure, including naming the supergroup (or boy band) of doctors involved in the procedure. Each doctor was selected for what they could brought to the operating table. It was the 2Gether of surgeon teams. There was Dr. Martin O’Malley (the Heartthrob), Dr. Richard Ferkel (the Shy One), Dr. Dufetti Fufa (the Cute One), Dr. Jonathan Glashow (the Bad Boy), and Dr. Christopher Dodson (the Older Brother type). Also, the time to decide how much you trust the Sixers is right now because all of those names sound made up. Dick Ferkel and Dufetti Fufa are future second round draft picks.
Dr. Martin O’Malley, an Aaron Sorkin character, said that they replaced the two screws previously placed in Embiid’s foot and performed a bone graft using a bone from his hip. Dr. David Martin, the Sixers’ new sports science guy, detailed the next steps:
“Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks. Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals.
We will now move into the first phase of the recovery process, which will include a focus on general health and fitness, as well as non-weight bearing movement for the injured limb. We will incorporate a broad network of resources into Joel’s return to play program, one that we believe will give him the best opportunity to make a complete recovery.”
Going forward, it would benefit the Sixers to be a lot more open about Embiid than they have been in the past, or we’re gonna have to go right to Dufetti Fufa for our information. [Note: In trying to get contact info for a direct line, it looks like the doctor’s name is actually Duretti Fufa, which is no less fun to say, and she’s a 10.]
Joel Embiid’s second foot surgery of his professional career was a supposed success earlier today, according to Embiid himself. The first surgery, after which Embiid played zero games, was about 14 months ago, so expect the third surgery to be sometime next October, right around the start of the season. So either the pattern sticks and he’s under the knife again, or JoJo will hit the court. That’d be nice.
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As mentioned in the roundup, Joel Embiid’s much-hyped second foot surgery will finally be taking place tomorrow. He’ll miss the entire upcoming season. Over his first two inactive seasons, he’ll earn roughly $9 million from the Sixers… and they’ll be on the hook for all of it. According to ESPN, Embiid’s contract is insured, but his foot is not:
Although Embiid’s contract is insured, since it is among the five highest salaries on the team, sources say Embiid’s right foot was excluded from the policy because it was a pre-existing injury. Embiid first had surgery on the foot the week before the 2014 NBA draft, in which he was taken by the 76ers with the third pick.
If JoJo’s foot was included in the insurance policy, $5.4 million of Embiid’s roughly $9 million salary would be coming back to the Sixers [editor’s note: like Bynum– whose injury was covered by insurance]. Instead, like with your crappy insurance you had to buy yourself [editor’s note: …], that’s all coming out-of-pocket.
But ESPN points out another super-interesting Embiid-related insurance tidbit:
One policy that didn’t exclude Embiid’s right foot was a permanent total disability policy the center signed in November 2013 while at the University of Kansas. A source familiar with the policy said Embiid first could collect a tax-free $5 million if he calls it quits three years after signing the policy — November 2016 — and can always collect as long as he doesn’t play 20 NBA games.
It’s (hopefully) unlikely Embiid will never play 20 NBA games, and less likely he’ll just call it a day next November, but that is gonna really fuel some conspiracy theories.
It’s not quite photoshopping jerseys or faking dinners, but Jahlil Okafor has taken to twitter to hit up Kendall Jenner – “the best of the Kardashian-Jenners” according to the dude who signs the checks. Maybe he can get a bit further than JoJo did with RiRi though.
Or, alternately, something’s up:
pic via the recently married (congrats!) Molly Sullivan’s Twitter
Malik Rose better blast that Michael Bolton, because he’s getting some office space.
Front office space, to be exact.
Rose, made famous by #ShitMalikSays, is reportedly leaving the Sixers’ broadcast perch curiously located in the lower level so Josh Harris can sell, like, three extra courtside seats and is headed to the Atlanta Hawks’ front office.
Rose had reportedly turned down a coaching gig at Alabama earlier this summer.
Like you’re a single woman, we’ll be missing you, Malik.