Joel Embiid was reportedly diagnosed with a crushing injury that could sideline not only the MVP candidate, but also the 76ers' chances at competing for an NBA Finals victory.
The man averaging over 35 points per game in what looked like one of the most impressive individual seasons in modern history may now miss the rest of the regular season.
See the latest on Embiid's injury status and how it may impact the 76ers' ultimate chances at hoisting a Larry O'Brien trophy below.
76ers Injury News: Joel Embiid Suffers Torn Meniscus
There's no sugar-coating this news: Embiid's injury effectively ends a season that could've been the most successful in Philadelphia sports history. He was averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and a career-high 5.3 assists per game this season in what could reasonably be considered the best individual sports season in Philadelphia history.
Just like Keyser Söze, it's gone in a poof. We don't have confirmation on the length of Embiid's absence, but it's likely he won't play again this season.
In addition to the disastrous impact on Embiid's MVP candidacy, this injury effectively ends the 76ers' hopes at an NBA championship. Embiid is perhaps the most dominant player in the league with a season that rivals all-time greats, so it's devastating news in any situation.
Given the big man's injury history, Philadelphia's front office has several big decisions moving forward. Can the organization feel confident building around the oft-injured yet perennial star? Or is it better to explore other options?
No matter what happens, this is a sad day for a Philly fan base that's endured enough heartbreak in recent months.
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