Breaking? Rumors of foot injury for Joel Embiid



Joel Embiid has potentially suffered a setback to any hopes of being the number one selection in next Thursday’s NBA Draft as ESPN has reported he’s “suffered a foot injury.”  The report is vague as to the specifics of the injury; not even going as far as to name which foot has been injured, but it doesn’t bode well for Embiid who was the consensus top prospect on when looking solely at talent, but whose injury history prior to this recent news was already a reason to make anyone a little skittish when deciding on whether or not to select the Cameroonian native.

ESPN is relying on two different sources for this one, one being former Milwaukee Bucks forward Luca Mbah A Moute who also is Embiid’s mentor and the other is unnamed.

Luc Mbah a Moute, who is overseas, was not certain as to the extent of the injury. It also is unclear as to which foot was injured.

“I just heard he got hurt,” Mbah a Moute said.

“He may have broken it,” one source told ESPN.

Shortly following the ESPN story, NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the following:

Update 3:15 p.m. EST: Wojnarowski reports that Embiid has suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. He will have surgery on Friday, will not participate in any additional workouts and will not attend the NBA Draft in New York.

  • Lunch

    Why hello there, Wiggins….

  • Harv 21

    Why I always roll with Rizzo. His sources be deeeep.

  • jim

    There are conflicting reports on this. Woj is saying Embiid is already running. If it was broken that would not be happening.

  • MrCleaveland


    Fortunately, this draft isn’t an Embiid-or-nothing proposition. So we
    aren’t sort of forced to take him and then HOPE he can stay healthy.

    Wiggins might not be as good, but he’s plenty good enough. Embiid’s just too risky.

  • Anomander

    only in Cleveland can a team have back to back picks where the best player is injured out of the top spot

  • Harv 21

    or let’s go all glass half full: the fact that he got hurt before we drafted him means our luck has changed.

  • RGB
  • Natedawg86

    I thought they said he lit it up in CLE’s workout? So much smoke you can’t see the mirrors

  • thenoclist

    I literally believe nothing any reporter says about sports anymore. It’s impossible to tell what’s going on with any athlete.

  • JHop

    TIL Rizzo is the best source around

  • Adam

    Take Parker and call it a day. No more projects, please!

  • eldaveablo

    I was 100% on the Embiid bandwago, but I think I have to go Wiggins now. If reports are to believed, he sustained stress fractures in his back, and a potential broken foot (maybe from a non-contact injury)?
    I had a serious man-cruch on Embiid, but I can get behind the idea of Kyrie, Dion, and Wiggins running up and down the floor.

  • whosevelt

    I believe that Parker is the choice if Embiid is injured. The most reliable test of potential is results, and while Parker might not run as fast or jump as high, he is a far better player at the same age. It’s not like he’s a Junior and it’s not like Wiggins is new to the game and didn’t have similar opportunity.
    If they could get the 3 and 10 from Philly and end up with Parker, I’d dance on the rooftops.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    This doesnt change anything. Take Embiid. None of this makes sense anyway. He has a “great workout” but also a broken foot?

  • eldaveablo

    I played college volleyball for a year on a broken foot – it just felt like a deep bruise. I didn’t find out until years later when I got an x-ray on my ankle and you saw the bone healed incorrectly. It can happen.

  • Harv 21

    Aha, so maybe he did it during his “great workout” here. Watch Arn Tellem go all angry grocery store manager: “Hey, Dan, you break it, you bought it!”

    Actually, seems most 7 foot basketball players have foot problems at some point these days. But wondering why in the Twitter age the agent isn’t already screaming angry denials that it’s anything of concern. I sure would.

  • The Inferno

    So he has a bad back, bad knees, and now a bad foot? And how old is he again? This is not going to get better.

  • saggy

    absolutely, 100%, DO NOT DRAFT THIS GUY. Greg Oden, Part Deux.

  • JNeids

    “Wait a minute…this Bat Signal is pointed right into the living room of Batman! If we just follow the path of the light, we can figure out his true identity!” – Jim Gordon’s predecessor, who was quickly relocated to a neighboring city without superheroes and villains

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No luck for the Cavaliers because Embiid was a perfect fit. Kind of ironic the one year they didn’t have the #1 pick was the year the best big man (Davis) went in the top spot.

    Wiggins or Parker personally I’m leaning towards Parker. The Cavaliers need an offensive threat who can play within the three point arc especially down low. With Irving and Waiters around I can’t see how another young guy who needs the ball like Wiggins would make as much sense but as always it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Especially now.

  • RGB

    Since Parker won’t be guarding centers in the NBA, I’m starting to lean toward him.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Both Parker and Wiggins are 6’8″ I just like Parker’s low post creativity far more then Wiggins who plays much smaller on the perimeter. Parker just seems like a much more logical fit now that Embiid, for me, is off the board.

    It’s also deja vu. Just like Noel and all his questions primarily about his health now a year later you have Embiid. It’s a shame not only for Embiid but the Cavaliers because they seemed like a perfect fit.

  • Rocko

    Welcome to Cleveland Mr. Wiggins!

  • eldaveablo

    They call him Mr. Glass… not for the rebounding, either.

  • mgbode

    Josh Gordon was in the next room or maybe it was Davonne Bess

  • mgbode

    stress fracture in feet & back injury for a big man?

    scootch over. make room on the Wiggins train. don’t worry, you can drive, but I’m on board now too.

    Wiggins is the SG-version of Blake Griffin. I have few qualms about such a player.

  • mgbode

    you don’t think Jabari’s defense and physical stature is a project?

  • mgbode

    Parker won’t be guarding anybody in the NBA. that’s his issue.

  • mgbode

    Embiid surgery means wiggins, then parker. Cannot trade down to get one IMO

  • mgbode

    Wiggins does not need the ball in his hands. Creating off the dribble is not his main game. He fits in.

  • RGB
  • mgbode

    Thanks. that is a good one and I have read it before. please take note that if you had asked me at that time (Feb 14th), I would have likely said Jabari.

    Wiggins play Feb-March really persuaded me to do a more in depth thought on both of them. Now that it’s not just Embiid for us, I’ll do a more detailed comparison of why I have Wiggins ahead next week when I have more time.

  • RGB

    It’s pretty close, though.
    Fortunately both are high character guys, so we don’t have to factor that into the equation.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I prefer a low post offensive presence which has been lacking for over a decade with the Cavaliers. That’s why I lean towards Parker. I think he will not only mature physically but become a better defender with time. Wiggins on the other hand despite being the same height is much more athletic and creates many more spectacular plays but in my opinion he plays small and is much more of a perimeter player.

    It’s just a matter of preference really and what you like for the Cavaliers as currently constructed. In the end I don’t think you can go wrong with either it’s just for me, right now, everything the same I see Parker as the better fit. This doesn’t mean I won’t be happy if Wiggins is their choice at #1 instead. Who knows Philly supposedly covets Wiggins perhaps the Cavaliers with Embiid hopefully off their board can “milk” the 76ers for something more then say #3 and Young. If Philly did #3 and #10 and Young I’d really have to consider that as well even if it meant passing on Parker and Wiggins.

  • mgbode

    I don’t think we can trade as there is now only 2 players instead of 3 on the top of the board (with Embiid’s injury).