Well it has officially happened again. Joel Embiid will undergo another surgery on his right foot for the second time and will likely miss the entire 2015/2016 season according to ESPN and multiple reports.
This is a devastating injury for Embiid who missed his entire rookie season due to initially injuring his right foot and needing surgery done on his foot last summer. The number three overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft will most likely not play a professional basketball game until his third season.
Multiple sources confirmed that Embiid was not feeling any pain or discomfort to his right foot. So why have surgery? According to the test results, Embiid is experiencing a regression in the healing process, causing the second surgery to his right foot.
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported that “last month, a routine checkup revealed that Embiid’s foot was in worse condition than it had been in his previous evaluation. The bone wasn’t as mended as it had been before”.
The front office will not confirm that Embiid is out for the entire season, however the Philadelphia 76ers are preparing for life without Embiid in the 2015/2016 season. The 76ers are also concerned that this surgery could be career threatening for Embiid.
The 76ers were heading into this season with high hopes of seeing their young and improving frontcourt, especially after drafting Jahlil Okafor third overall in this years draft. Now they will have to wait another year to see Nerlens Noel, Okafor and Embiid work and rotate into 76ers front court.
The 76ers cannot seem to catch a break. When they drafted Embiid, their plans were to have Noel and Embiid becoming the dominant front court in the NBA to go along with the 2013/2014 rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams. The 76ers eventually traded away Carter-Williams and now are without Embiid for a second straight season.
Fortunately for the 76ers, they still have a bright future in their front court led by Noel and Okafor. If Embiid can ever find his way onto an NBA court, the 76ers could have a great great back court some day.
That however, is the main question for the 76ers to consider. Can Embiid find his way onto the NBA court after his second surgery? The 76ers have a team option for Embiid in his third season and many analysts expect them to pick that option up. After all, they are not going to just wait on Embiid this long to not at least see if he can play for the someday.
Watch: ESPN discuss Joel Embiid Foot Surgery