The Philadelphia 76ers are beyond ecstatic about Joel Embiid finally being able to take the court. He had missed his first two seasons due to two surgeries on the same foot. In light of that, 76ers head coach Brett Brown already has minute restrictions set for the regular season on Embiid.
Embiid to play 12 minutes tomorrow, Brown would like 20-24 for the regular season.
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This is not surprising given what Philadelphia has had to endure over the last two seasons being patient with Embiid. The last thing that they want to see is him suffer any potential setback. The 22-year-old has looked impressive so far in the preseason, and don’t want that progression to be halted by another injury.
That said, once Embiid can prove that he can physically handle an extended workload then he will have a larger role on the floor. The 76ers have huge plans for their young center, who has been that has been compared to Tim Duncan by his head coach. It’s just the proper step to take with the promising big man.