Evan Macy: Why Joel Embiid's minutes restriction really is "f-king bullshit"

Adjust Comment Print

The most minutes he played was just under 30 in an early January game, and most games were between 24 and 28 per game.

Sixers coach Brett Brown revealed to reporters at Monday's practice that Embiid would continue to play under a minutes limit.

Joel Embiid will be on a minutes restriction to start the season, once again, and he's not pleased.


"I got a voice", Embiid said.

REPORTER: Can you go in and appeal to them? As for how the Sixers now stand in ESPN's NBA Power Rankings, let's just say they have to work their way up after starting off the new season at No. 20.

Last week, the Sixers announced a contract extension for Embiid worth $148 million over five years.


"I always think I have a voice, so I'm sure they're listening to what I have to say too, but they're making a decision based on what they think", he said. "I don't know. I wish I was playing more, but we're going to see how that goes". Brett Brown and the coaching staff should have some discretion over how much he plays and when. I think I'm ready for more than, I don't know, whatever number they have.

"I'm very disappointed", Embiid told reporters. When active, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks despite playing just 25.4 minutes per game. Embiid spent most of this summer rehabbing last year's season-ending injury and didn't fully participate in practices to start training camp, although he has since appeared in two preseason games. "We are going to discuss it". Last season he was visibly upset when he was removed from a close game because of his minutes restriction.

Embiid, 23 and one of the league's most intriguing talents - and also one of its most injury-prone players - has had his career stunted by a series of foot and back issues.


Embiid is one of the most exciting players in the National Basketball Association, and his part in the emerging young Sixers core is one of the most anticipated storylines of the season.

Comments