After exiting Tuesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors and being diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, the Philadelphia 76ers have a little more clarity on Joel Embiid’s injury.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Saturday that Embiid was diagnosed with a displaced flap of his meniscus in his left knee and is weighing rehab or getting surgery.
Sixers News: Joel Embiid Diagnosed with Meniscus Injury
Charania adds that Embiid, the Sixers, and his doctors are trying to figure out the best path for the big man. If Embiid were to undergo surgery, he would be out for an extended period. The team hasn’t provided a comment yet based on this report.
If you are the Sixers, this isn’t the best news you wanted to hear about the reigning NBA MVP. However, none of the initial reports have called any surgery or procedure season-ending. Before going down on Tuesday, Embiid missed the previous two games against the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.
The seven-time All-Star center is having an outstanding 2023-24 season, averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Without Embiid for the foreseeable future, the Sixers must lean on Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris to carry the offensive load.
However, the Sixers might have to make a move at the trade deadline for a big man because the combo of Paul Reed and Mo Bamba will not suffice, especially if Embiid opts to get surgery done on his left knee.
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