Sixers' Joel Embiid calls minutes restriction (bleeping) BS
Oct 19, 2017, 00:29
Brown and the Sixers are still handling their $148 million man with care - even if it makes Embiid mad.
Ever since Embiid was drafted by the Sixers, he has battled various injuries that have limited his playing time.
"I wish I was playing more minutes", Embiid said, a day before tip off at the Sixers' opening game in Washington, on ESPN Wednesday night. In short, Embiid thinks his minutes restriction is fucking bullshit.
"That's f*cking b*llsh*t", Embiid told the local media Tuesday afternoon. "They got to listen to me. I don't know, I wish I was playing more but we're going to see how that goes".
Embiid was on a restriction last season, in the mid 20s, and averaged an incredible 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just over 25 minutes per game. Head coach Brett Brown was vague in describing just how much the 7-foot-2 center would play, only conceding that the amount would be "somewhere in the teens". Regardless of how long he plays out of the gate, just having him on the floor gives the Sixers the chance to win games.
The biggest surprise here is that the news came as a shock to Embiid. But he still wasn't cleared for full contact as training camp approached.
According to ESPN, the Sixers limited Embiid to just 15 minutes of action in each of the two preseason games he appeared in, and fans can expect much of the same, at least for the beginning of the regular season. They have repeatedly been given shady injury timelines from the 76ers on just about every lottery pick who has passed through their doors over the last few years.
Embiid is one of the most exciting players in the National Basketball Association, and his part in the emerging young Sixers core is one of the most anticipated storylines of the season.
Embiid continued to express his frustration, saying he doesn't know when the restriction will be lifted. Actually, you will. "Like I always say", he finished, "you've got to trust the process".
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