Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said Friday that Joel Embiid 's rehab from right foot surgery is going "terrific," CSN Philadelphia reports.
The Sixers have shown optimism with Embiid's recovery from a pair of foot procedures at multiple points in the last two seasons, so this latest report shouldn't be taken as gospel. According to O'Neil, doctors have said Embiid is progressing ahead of schedule, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll be available at any point in the 2015-16 season. At this point, the Sixers' chief goal is just getting him on the court at some point in his career, and it might take until the summer before that materializes.
"Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks," 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie said. "Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals."
Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season because of the foot issue. He also underwent bone graft surgery in May.
After missing his rookie year with the foot problem, Embiid will likely miss all of the 2015-16 season as well.
76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said recently that Embiid will continue to be evaluated and that his long-term health is the team's biggest interest.
“We’re still waiting,” O’Neil said. “We have another three doctors to come see him. We’re trying to figure out with a 21-year-old how do you focus wholly on long-term health and wellness and make sure he’s OK. So what we’re doing now is seeing experts, the best experts from around the world, to make sure we make the right decisions with him and his family and do the best.”
Embiid missed his entire rookie season as he recovered from surgery on his right foot.
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