PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie released a statement Saturday regarding the health status of center Joel Embiid.
A statement from Sixers President of Basketball Operations/GM Sam Hinkie on Joel Embiid. » http://t.co/KbS7x4u2l7
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“As we previously communicated, we have spent the last several weeks working closely with Joel and his representatives to further evaluate Joel’s foot following the results of the most recent CT scan. This included conference calls and in-person visits with renowned foot and ankle specialists from the United States (New York, North Carolina, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania) and internationally (Australia, the Netherlands and Qatar). This group of experts unanimously agreed that the routine CT scan in June did reveal less healing than anticipated, an unexpected result since Joel was not experiencing any foot pain.READ MORE: Pennsylvania US Senate Race Between Republicans Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick Too Close To Call
“We have been consistent in our philosophy that our focus will be Joel’s long-term health and wellness to ensure he will have a long and impactful career in the NBA. After receiving the input of the aforementioned medical experts, as well as conversations with Joel and his representatives, there was careful consideration given to a number of options related to this particular situation. A collective decision has been made that the best approach to promote full healing would be to proceed with a bone graft of the fracture site. We anticipate the procedure will take place in the next 7-10 days and result in Joel missing the upcoming season.READ MORE: Parties Pick State Lawmakers To Be Lieutenant Gov Candidates
“We are still in the process of determining the doctor who will perform the procedure, which should be finalized in the coming days. Sixers Director of Performance Research and Development Dr. David T. Martin will outline and lead Joel’s rehab and recovery plan, in collaboration with a worldwide network of experts and specialists.”MORE NEWS: Average Gas Price In Philadelphia 5 County Region Approaches $5 Per Gallon Overnight
For the second straight season, Embiid is expected to miss the entire year due to a foot injury sustained prior to the 2014 NBA draft.