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What Kind of Mask Should Joel Embiid Wear When He Returns?

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2018

It’s good to see Joel Embiid in better spirits.

I’m willing to bet most people would be maudlin and/or morose after suffering a broken orbital bone that requires surgery, but the Sixers’ 7’2″ center was back on social media last night with some self-deprecating humor:

I think we all know what this means. Joel comes back wearing a mask, picks the Sixers up off the mat, and they triumph in a round one, come-from-behind playoff series victory against Trevor Booker and the Indiana Pacers.

Embiid could go the conservative route with a secure and clear mask ala Kyrie Irving:

(Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Or, I think you can get a little more interesting, and maybe Embiid comes out of the tunnel with the Victor Oladipo Black Panther mask, yells “Wakanda Forever,” and then posterizes some poor fool:

(Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Coggin wants to see him go Friday the 13th, a little Crystal Lake action on the basketball court:

I like it, looks pretty intimidating to me. Wouldn’t mind Joel play a little bit of ice hockey for the Flyers, too. Probably would be a better goaltender than Mrazek.

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How do the Sixers Replace Joel Embiid?

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2018

It went from bad to worse last night when Joel Embiid’s precautionary testing revealed an orbital fracture and concussion, suffered Wednesday in a second-quarter collision with Markelle Fultz.

The Sixers’ big man is expected to miss two to four weeks of actions, according to ESPN, and would likely return for the start of the playoffs or midway through round one. He has yet to undergo surgery.

Until then, the Sixers will play eight more regular season games without him, a schedule that includes just two playoff teams and six non-playoff teams, with four on the road and four at home. It is not, thankfully, murderer’s row, and this roster is good enough to beat the likes of Atlanta and Dallas sans Joel in a continued push for home court advantage.

For what it’s worth, the Sixers are 3-8 without Embiid this season, but five of those losses came on the second night of a back-to-back, long before Joel was cleared to play in those games. In full context, not only are you missing your best player, but you’re traveling and tired, so I don’t know how much those back-to-back losses can be blamed on Embiid’s absence and how much can be blamed on weariness in general.

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Joel Embiid has an Orbital Fracture and Concussion

Kevin Kinkead - March 29, 2018

It’s worse than originally thought.

Per Sixers press release:

Can’t make this stuff up.

And the Biggest Storyline of the Sixers Season is Now…

Kevin Kinkead - March 22, 2018

…the same storyline from September and October.

It’s Joel Embiid’s health; only this time we’re talking about getting him ready for the playoffs as the Sixers jostle for seeding in a tightly packed Eastern Conference.

Brett Brown has gone on the record several times saying that he prioritizes “delivering” a healthy Embiid to the postseason versus claiming home court advantage, so I threw the question to Twitter this morning to see what y’all prefer:

It was 70% to 30% in favor of a rested Embiid when I hit the “publish” button.

That surprises me. I thought home court would win in a landslide.

Of course, defining a “rested” Embiid and a “non-rested” Embiid is an arbitrary exercise. Joel says he feels good and I take that at face value. I mean, he missed some games a few months back after the triple-overtime epic with Oklahoma City, but he’s off the injury report, the wrist and back seem fine, and he’s playing back-to-backs for the first time in his career. He’s come a long way in a very short time.

That doesn’t mean there might not be a cumulative fatiguing of sorts, something different from the day-to-day grind of playing X minutes one night, then X minutes the next night. It’s a macro vs. micro type of situation, I think. Embiid is on pace to play 70+ games, a number that I highly, highly doubt anybody had predicted a few months back. He hasn’t come close to playing this many games at any point of his career.

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Why Do We Care About Rat-Faced Colin Cowherd?

Coggin Toboggan - March 22, 2018

Last night the 76ers captured their 40th win of the 2017-2018 season, catapulted themselves into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and years of losing melted away as the franchise seemingly positioned itself to be a serious contender for the next several years.

It’s an apex moment for a franchise that has toiled through The Process (which 100% worked) and years of mediocre shit, so why was social media abuzz last night about hobgoblin Colin Cowherd, purveyor of horrendous sports talk radio and known troll of all that is good and pure about sports?

Cowherd decided to welch on a bet he made he with a random 76ers fan at the beginning of the season when he said there was no chance this team would win 40 games. Cowherd promised he would wear a 76ers jersey on air if the team reached that mark, and after they did he immediately decided to needle the city of Philadelphia.

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Joel Embiid Suggests that Markelle Fultz’s People Have Not “Had His Back”

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2018

Lost in the dazzling glow of a T.J. McConnell TRIPLE-DOUBLE was a post-game Joel Embiid interview featuring an interesting tidbit about Markelle Fultz.

Embiid went on NBA TV after Monday’s night’s win and was asked about the situation surrounding the injured rookie guard. The relevant passage begins around the 5:01 mark:

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UPDATE: “Club Hand” Keeps Joel Embiid Out of Spurs Game

Kevin Kinkead - January 3, 2018

UPDATE: He’s playing. Last-minute change. Ignore everything you are about to read.

Tonight’s game is sort of like AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Markelle Fultz and Justin Anderson are out.

Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Tony Parker will also miss the game.

And Joel Embiid’s bum hand keeps him sidelined, too. The Sixer big man has been limited in practice after spraining his right mitt during a fall in the Suns game on New Year’s Eve.

“When you see it, you see the bruising on his palm,” Brett Brown said pregame. If you go back and look at how he really fell, you’re surprised that that’s all it is. It’s a club hand, and it’s his shooting hand. Even yesterday we keep practice so that we can continue his cardio and get his fitness up. That’s my number one, by a mile, goal – is to get him in conditioning shape. Not physical, but conditioning and shape. So he’s practicing with us, but when you throw it into the post and he’s got to catch it, it’s like you’re touching a hot stove. You know? Like you just don’t want anything to do with it. You see the pain that he’s in when he touches the ball with his right hand. We’re going to monitor it. We won’t know until Friday in sort of that day to day (designation).”

Embiid spoke about the hand in the locker room pregame:

Meantime, Brown was asked if the team was getting Embiid ready for next week’s London game, with the insinuation that the club might be saving him for a showcase game.

“I almost hear what you’re asking I think,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t use that as, ‘let’s polish him up for London.’ If he’s good to go versus Detroit or whatever, then he’s good to go. I don’t think we’re going to walk on egg shells with the end game being in mind that we have to deliver him overseas. I don’t see that.”

 

Joel Embiid Shuts Down Karl-Anthony Towns on Instagram

Tyler Trumbauer - December 14, 2017

Joel Embiid just knows how to do it. Not just on the court, but on social media as well.

After dropping 28 points in an overtime win against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, the beloved big man took to Instagram with a modest post. KAT pounced with a comment and Embiid clapped back beautifully:

Never change, Joel.