Embiid Out For the Year Again, Blazers Rue The Day They Didn’t Draft Him
The AP reports that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 NBA season after his second surgery on his right foot. The first surgery, of course, came in June of last year, just before the Sixers took him third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Embiid had a bone graft using a bone from his hip, and he had two screws replaced in his foot.
So that’s two surgeries, two lost seasons, zero games played.
This makes much more sense out of the fact the 76ers drafted a third big man in Jhalil Okafor this past June, to join Embiid and Nerlens Noel.
Obviously, it’s a sad story for a young kid with a ton of promise, but it’s interesting how NBA team never seem to learn from past mistakes. While Sam Bowie went on to have an 11-year career in the NBA, injuries to his legs and feet caused him to become the sad trivia answer to the question, “Who did the Trailblazers pick instead of taking Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft?
But foot and leg injuries have long been problems for NBA big men, and some teams can’t seem to help themselves when drafting hobbled centers.
The Blazers essentially repeated history 20-plus years later when they chose Greg Oden with the first overall draft pick in 2007. He had microfracture surgery on his knee later that year, and missed his entire rookie season, too. He would finally retire in 2013 – three years after he played in an NBA game. In all honesty, nearly every other team out there would have taken Oden first overall – over Kevin Durant no less.
For the 76ers, though, they smartly chose to move on as if they’ll never get Embiid at 100 percent, which lessens the impact of that draft pick miss from a year ago.
Joel Embiid Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff, Getty Images
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