Embiid has missed the duration of his rookie season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in the foot shortly before the 76ers drafted him third overall last June. At the time, he was rule out for four to six months.
Embiid was reportedly at the 76ers' practice facility on Monday, but did not work out following practice and was not seen by reporters.
[daily_cut.nba] Embiid, 20, played one college season at Kansas and averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. The 7'0", 250-pound center missed the Jayhawks' final six games of the 2013-14 season, including the NCAA tournament, due to a stress fracture in his back.
Last Friday, the 76ers' Twitter account shared a video of Embiid dunking between his legs during warmups before Philadelphia's game against the Utah Jazz. Afterward, 76ers coach said Brett Brown he "would recommend strongly" that Embiid stay out of layup lines before games. Regarding the dunk as a possible sign of Embiid's health, Brown said, "You can get misled easily seeing that. It's not at that stage."
The 76ers are 14-49, the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of only the New York Knicks (12-49).
- Mike Fiammetta