Joel Embiid’s Game One Status Remains Uncertain

Joel Embiid at Friday's practice

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the playoffs, when 400 media members show up for Sixers practice to get an update on Joel Embiid’s knee.

The update is this:

Embiid was not a full participant at Friday’s practice session. He came onto the floor and did some light work before speaking to reporters.

First, here’s the official injury report from the Sixers:

Embiid said it’s something he needs to work through and see how he’s feeling “every day.”

“You never know what’s gonna happen.”

He was asked how the pain in his knee felt today, to which he replied, “I don’t know,” then said this, after the jump:

It’s extremely frustrating, but you can only control what you can, and that’s the work I put in every day, how I treat my body and take care of it. I guess the rest will follow.

Embiid says he’s doing “typical rehab” when it comes to tendinitis, which is the first time I’ve heard his knee soreness described as such. As far as long term concerns, he said this:

There’s no concern. Tendinitis is tendinitis. It comes and it goes. I’m not concerned about it. It’s that time of the year, just have to keep working and make sure I put myself in the best position to succeed.

Embiid said it will be his decision whether to play tomorrow, while the medical staff does whatever they can do to help get him ready. He says it’s possible to play in regular bursts like he did against Milwaukee and Brooklyn, it’s just a matter of pain tolerance, something that he has to work through.

He feels it when jumping, landing, and moving, which “is the game of basketball.”

“If I can’t jump or move the way I usually do, then that’s a problem,” said Embiid, who explained that the knee started bothering him after the All-Star break. He thinks it’s just a product of the load he’s undertaken this season.

Head coach Brett Brown didn’t have much interest in talking about Embiid’s knee:

Moving forward, I’ve been in front of this city for six years, and one of the requests lately that I am having is that I want others to talk about people’s health. I do the best that I can. I try to be as candid and honest and transparent as I can and have always done that. I think to have multiple voices (talking about injuries) and things of that sort doesn’t interest me and it doesn’t help our organization. So with Joel’s news, I’m going to continue to refer to – I guess they gave out a sheet – and there you go. Please refer to your sheet and I’m happy to talk about hoops.

Here are clips of Embiid doing very light work before today’s film session and practice:

Flop right here:

Standing by for 5 p.m….

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  • Hoagie April 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    He’s such a pussy .

    • JimmyCarville April 12, 2019 at 1:38 pm


      • Which CB bloggers are like Shrek characters April 12, 2019 at 2:45 pm

        Russ = Donkey!!!
        Philip = Shrek (one H)
        Kyle = Lord Farquad
        Kev= princess

        So much more interesting

        • DD April 12, 2019 at 2:54 pm

          LOL KK is def Princess

  • jesus christ April 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    i just posted on your last story…

    I am the source, dont ask…i have the info..

    He is out at least first 2 games….(just go with this for now)…UNLESS SOMETHING CHANGES DRASTICALLY, dont expect him to be on the court in the playoffs, but leave it to the Sixers…and this blood thirsty media to make it a story…

    there is no story..he is out..
    he is not in shape..
    his body is breaking down…

    • Gary Barbera April 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm


      • just saying April 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

        your cars are junk

        you’d probably sell cancer if you could make money.

        • Jimmy the Greek April 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

          Cataldi too. He would advertise cigarettes to children

  • Ben Simmons, Future Laker April 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    This drama queen will be suited up for game one. He needs attention and this is his way of getting it.

  • Wolfie April 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Anyone going to Fist Fest?

    • Doc Brown April 12, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      They were going to put the Cuz in a dunk tank, but the only body of water that will hold him is an ocean.

      • Jimmy the Greek April 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm

        What about the greasy oil slick it would cause?

  • Hey Kinker, April 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Why was that comment censored?? Pussy

    • Cb loves felons April 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      No anti Meek Mill posts allowed.

    • kinkAIDS April 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      you answered your own question.

  • kinky so mad about space force April 12, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    tHaT mONeY ShOUlD gO To PoOR fOlK IN zIMbaBwE

  • Shart Shartveit April 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Angelo Cataldi is reporting that Joel Embiid will play as long as he can get an opt out after 3 years.

    • Al moronganti April 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm


  • So Taguchi - *perspiration intensifies* April 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I firmly believe this is a good time to for me to start looking into getting a dog.

  • Just saying April 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Boban to the rescue… assuming get off in time from his shift work the grill at Delassandros.

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