“We're not prepared to give any further timeline right now,” Brown said. “I go right back to how we handled (Noel) Nerlens. I think everybody's got to see how we're treating our guys and the risk involved when somebody is not 100 percent, especially with a man of (Embiid's) size.”
Embiid has been doing standstill shooting and off-court cardio work to improve his conditioning.
“It's been well-documented we're trying to get him in the shape that he knows he has to be, weight-wise etc., and that will reflect when we deliver him to the court and the marketplace,” Brown said. “We won't risk anything.”
"The challenge is always going to be, physically, to make sure we get him streamlined and thin -- as thin as his frame can hold up," Brown said. "That's our focus right now -- zeroing in on his health and diet."
Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, injured his back while landing awkwardly late last season in college for the Kansas Jayhawks. He underwent surgery in June and has yet to make his pro debut.
General manager Sam Hinkie has not closed the door on the possibility of Embiid playing this season. That said, he remains without a timetable for return.
"I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests," Hinkie said. "He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes."
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