Joel Embiid Unhappy About Minutes Restriction
One of the bigger storylines heading into the Sixers' regular season opener is the status and availability of 148-million-dollar man, Joel Embiid. On Monday, Brett Brown told reporters that he expects Embiid's minutes to be restricted to the teens. Well, simply put, Embiid is not on board with that and expressed his displeasure with it on Monday.
"I didn’t know about that,” Embiid told PhillyVoice. “That’s very disappointing, I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today’s practice and tomorrow’s practice.”
While it's clearly disappointing to Joel and some fans that he'll be restricted, it's not very surprising that the Sixers are taking this approach. They've been extremely cautious with Embiid since he's been drafted and the goal is to build him into a guy that can continually go out and play 30+ minutes per game and 65+ games a year.
Fast forward to Tuesday, it seems Brown's stance along with the medical staff hasn't changed. Following practice, Embiid was asked what he thought about the restriction and he used some choice words to describe his feelings.