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:
Cleveland doctors discovered right foot injury in exams and passed info onto Embiid reps, sources tell Yahoo. Fear is a right foot fracture.
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.
Born in 1986, the year both Mark Price and Brad Daugherty were drafted, in the Cleveland suburbs it was inevitable that a life of Cavs fandom awaited Joe. His first live Cavaliers viewing experience came in 1992 against the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Richfield Coliseum, Larry Bird's final game. The Cavaliers struggled in the years that followed and so Joe took to the NBA as a whole, falling in love with its goofy cast of characters. He filled his bookshelf with NBA biographies and begged his mother endlessly for a Charlotte Hornets starter jacket after falling in love with Larry Johnson's Grandmama persona.
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