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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.

Joel Embiid is Officially a Sixer Until 2023

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2017

Hey hey, it’s officially official.

Joel Embiid is a Philadelphia 76er through the 2022-23 NBA season. And right on cue, it looks like he’ll make his preseason debut tomorrow night.

A Tuesday press release confirms five-year deal that ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says is worth $148 million.

Sixers’ President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo explained why this had to be done:

“Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game. Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey. Ownership’s willingness to extend this contract reflects our collective belief in Joel Embiid and a reinforced commitment to building a championship-level basketball program.”

Said Embiid himself:

“I’m so thrilled to be in this position. I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I’m so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust ‘The Process.’”

Sixers Managing General Partner Josh Harris refereed to Embiid as a “pillar in this franchise and to this city” in his press release blurb. David Blitzer used the word “transcendent” to describe Joel’s talent.

All he has to do is stay healthy, which is easier said than done. I wrote about why this was a gamble the Sixers had to take earlier today.

Spoiler alert:

Extending Joel Embiid is a Risk the Sixers Had to Take

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2017

Would the Sixers have done a five-year, $148 million Joel Embiid deal if they had no salary cap insurance and lingering health concerns?

Of course not.

That’s why we need more details on the figure first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a designated rookie scale max extension for a guy who has only played 31 NBA games.

The Vertical’s Shams Charania later tweeted, then deleted, that the contract is only 50% guaranteed, which would be an incredibly ideal arrangement for the Sixers if their star center gets hurt again. Woj didn’t mention that 50% number, but reported that the deal “will include some salary cap protection” should Embiid miss a certain amount of playing time.

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Sixers notes: Joel Embiid, “The Black Roger Federer,” Returns To The Court

Kevin Kinkead - October 5, 2017

Guess who’s back? Back again?

It’s not Slim Shady, it’s Joel Embiid, who participated in 5v5 full court drills during Thursday’s practice.

This was the most action we’ve seen from the Sixers center since a pair of videos came out earlier this week, one showing him jogging through Philadelphia and the other featuring him playing tennis against an assistant coach in Rittenhouse Square.

Head coach Brett Brown confirmed the authenticity of those clips, and Embiid was asked Thursday how his tennis game was.

“It’s really good. I’m a really good server. They call me the black Roger Federer.”

Never change, Joel.

This was our first time seeing him take part in real basketball for the first time this preseason. He had a nasty block here on JJ Redick: Continue Reading

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Sixers Notes: Joel Embiid Plays Tennis and Dario Saric Hates Resting

Kevin Kinkead - October 3, 2017

Recent videos of Joel Embiid are real and they’re spectacular.

Embiid was spotted jogging through Philadelphia Monday night, then playing tennis in Rittenhouse Square with an unidentified opponent.

Turns out that was an assistant coach, and the Sixers center had been out and about on Sunday night, too.

Brett Brown:

“It’s actually two nights in a row now. People just weren’t ready with their cameras the night before. He’s just trying to find ways to do active things outside and get fresh air. He played tennis with one of our assistant coaches. The assistant coach left, he ran home. He declares himself to be a man of the people and I think he’s proud of that and I think he lives it. There’s no marketing exercise or sort of some clandestine conspiracy theory. It was very innocent. He played tennis and ran home.”

That’s great, I guess, but the optics certainly look funky considering this city’s history of Sixers big men playing niche sports while recovering from injuries.

As a quick aside, could you imagine Embiid as a pro tennis player? I could see him playing serve and volley ala Patrick Rafter with a wingspan that covers the entirety of the net.

Anyway, Brown has no issue with Embiid’s highly visible activities:

“I love it. This morning we had Brian Dawkins speak to our team. You start talking about educating our players as to what this city really is – and there’s nothing like athletes talking to athletes – and trying to get a sense of the beat on the street as to what goes on in fan’s eyes, and what the city really is, apart from the history of our organization. Understanding the responsibility and privilege we have of playing in front of this crowd, it’s amazing. The Palestra crowd showed a little bit of what I’m talking about. And so Joel connecting with the fans, however he chooses to do it, we encourage it. It’s pure. He likes it and I think the fans should appreciate it also.”

Burying the lede

I guess it’s worth mentioning that Embiid won’t play on Wednesday or Friday.

He’s still not cleared for full court 5v5 activity, though he did take part in Tuesday drills that involved “full court” passing and shooting with two seconds left on the clock. The designs were obviously mostly static and not true scrimmages or anything resembling that: Continue Reading

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Sixers Notes: Injury Upgrades, Ping-Pong Battles, and Looking “Like a Stick”

Kevin Kinkead - September 29, 2017

Friday’s Sixers news wasn’t half bad, both literally and figuratively.

Joel Embiid participated in half-court 5v5 segments, while Jahlil Okafor took part in all activities. It was the first time both players practiced in those capacities during training camp.

We didn’t get to see it with our own eyes, but Brett Brown provided an update.

“He looked good,” Brown said of Embiid. “He gets so motivated to play in real situations, and his energy has been excellent in sort of the drill work. To see him more around with bodies on the floor and have it be offense/defense, I thought that he looked pretty good.”

Brown was asked if the team needed to reign in Embiid to keep him from going too hard, too soon.

“I hear your question, and it’s not how he’s wired. I’m not really even sure, from a coaching standpoint, what that looks like. We play and he plays. He’s not diving into stands – which I do get what that looks like – but, in general, just his energy and his passion, he wants to block every shot. It’s hard to say no to that.”

The head coach pointed out that it’s one thing for Embiid to refamiliarize himself with structure and learn to be around his new teammates. It’s another thing for players like Markelle Fultz, JJ Redick, and Ben Simmons to learn how to play with a unique talent like Embiid.

“He’s obviously very different to play with,” Brown added. “We’re talking about what he has to get used to, but it’s a whole different thing for his teammates, you know? You have another incredible weapon and target that you have to get the ball to, or recognize that he’s behind you defensively. All over the place it’s subtle adjustments, but the bottom line is to see him with us, sweating and playing against people, and them playing against him, it was a good day.”

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Will We Ever Escape The Sixers’ Groundhog Day?

Coggin Toboggan - September 22, 2017

January 2017: Joel Embiid “feels great” after injury to knee, will only miss a few games.

Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb…

February 2017: Joel Embiid has a torn meniscus, but he won’t need surgery.

Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb…

March 24, 2017: Embiid’s meniscus repair surgery went just fine.

Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb…

Sept. 20, 2017: Embiid is progressing, but he’s not ready for 5-on-5

Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb…

Sept. 21, 2017: Jahlil Okafor will have every chance to play while being shopped by the 76ers.

Where have we heard this before? Embiid is hurt and the Sixers don’t know when, or if, he’ll be a full-go. Okafor is in the best shape of his life and he’ll have every opportunity to play so he can be dealt to the highest bidder.

Didn’t this all happen last year? And the year before? And the year before that? Did Embiid hurt his knee bowling in the offseason, or was that someone else? When does it end? Will it ever end? Will we all be living the same tortured season year in and year out for the rest of our lives? It’s possible we will.

God that is depressing.

I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last the rest of your life.

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