The Philadelphia 76ers big man is out for the season.
In one of the best burying-the-lede press releases we’ve ever seen, the Philadelphia 76ers announced today that rookie sensation Joel Embiid is out for the season with a knee injury.
Embiid, who has been out indefinitely since late January, has a meniscus tear that is “more pronounced” than initially thought.
“Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court,” Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said in a release. “As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of Joel’s injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available.”
Embiid, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, missed his first two seasons recovering from foot surgery and now has to miss the remainder of his Rookie of the Year-caliber 2016-17 season.
A photo of Embiid sitting courtside today as the Sixers warm up is going viral – it’s so sad.
Embiid sitting courtside watching Sixers pregame warmups pic.twitter.com/DotTEc48Qn
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) March 1, 2017
“Hello, darkness, my old friend…” sums it up pretty well.
"Hello, darkness, my old friend…" https://t.co/Bf98Vem5gs
— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) March 1, 2017
Embiid was averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for the struggling 76ers. Despite playing in just 31 games this season, he’s still believed to be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.
Philadelphia is set to play at Miami tonight.