Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid underwent a left knee procedure on Tuesday morning, as announced by the team. He is slated to be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.
While the focus will now shift to his recovery and rehabilitation over the next few weeks, sources have indicated that there is optimism regarding Embiid’s potential return during the regular season.
This setback comes at a challenging moment for Embiid and the Sixers, as the reigning MVP has encountered injuries to both knees throughout his career. Embiid’s absence is significant, given his stellar performance this season. He currently leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 35.3 points per game and was on track to achieve a rare statistical feat, aiming to join Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in a season. Additionally, he was poised to become just the second player (after Chamberlain in 1961-62) to average at least one point per minute played.
Joel Embiid, aged 29, faced injury challenges in previous seasons, notably missing Game 5 of the Sixers’ 2021 first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards due to a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Additionally, he underwent season-ending surgery on his left meniscus during the 2016-17 season, sidelining him for 37 games.
The Philadelphia 76ers have encountered a rough stretch lately, losing six of their last seven games and sliding to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Embiid’s recent injury setback will likely prevent him from meeting the NBA’s minimum requirement of 65 games to qualify for postseason awards, as he has played in just 34 games thus far.