Impact Of Joel Embiid’s Injuries On His Career
On Friday the Sixers announced that Joel Embiid had successful minor arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee. This is the third time Embiid has gone under the knife over the last three years; he had two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot that held him out for two seasons after the 76ers drafted him in with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
ESPN Injury Analyst and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Stephania Bell joined Josh Hennig on Saturday to discuss the impact of Embiid's injuries on his basketball career:
"The collection of Embiid’s injuries over time, when you look at the fact that he had a stress fracture in his back when he was at (Kansas), he had a navicular stress fracture, that’s the bone in the foot, a very challenging bone also a bone with poor blood supply, as part of the reason it requires two surgeries like his did and than this. You go OK he’s had a lot of injuries, and when a players been down so much it’s hard for their body to really be conditioned to the sport that they do.”
Hear what Bell analysis of Embiid's knee surgery, what positives she takes from how Embiid has been handled, and her perspective on if his injuries are the result of bad luck or genetics