Bill Self confident Joel Embiid's foot issue is not a setback
University of Kansas head men's basketball coach Bill Self coached Joel Embiid two years ago. Back then, the seven-footer dealt with a serious back injury that sidelined him for the entire NCAA Tournament.
Self and his coaching staff still communicate with his former player, and the face of Kansas basketball said news of Embiid's foot injury being a setback was incorrect, per the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd:
"Later on Monday afternoon, Kansas coach Bill Self sounded a more positive note when speaking of the foot issue, which stems from a stress fracture suffered before last year’s NBA Draft. Self said Embiid recently spoke to KU assistant coach Norm Roberts about his progress. 'He told us he hasn’t reinjured anything,' Self said. 'He’s been working out and everything, and the doctors have told him, based on redoing the MRIs or X-rays or whatever they do, it doesn’t look like it’s made the progress they would hope at this stage, so they’re going to slow him down.'"
If true, this is obviously great news for the Philadelphia 76ers, Embiid and the fanbase. Having him on the court this season is incredibly important for the team's long-term plans to go as smoothly as they hope, and that needs to start sooner than later.
(h/t: Kansas City Star)