So, I’m sure everyone is just as surpsied as I was when I was bombarded with the avalanche of Sixers injury news around 2:00pm today. The team hasn’t played since last Wednesday, so how could anyone possibly have gotten hurt? Well here is the update injury report as I understand it.
Joel Embiid –
Joel Embiid was experiencing “left knee soreness” and will undergo the necessary physical therapy before he will be reevaluated in a week. Reevaluated in a week… Hmm… Where have I heard that before?? Furthermore who let Embiid even play in the All Star Game if he was having any sort of lingering issues? He should’ve been wrapped in bubble wrap and drinking wine with Jimmy Butler as either Tobias Harris or Pascal Siakam took his spot in the All Star Game… The good thing was that there was no structural damage in the MRi taken, but it still means that I am going to shit my pants every time he goes into contact.
Furkan Korkmaz – Very sad news to report. Korkmaz is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus. Just as he was starting to play better and get much needed minutes with the new Sixers core, Korkmaz potentially has to undergo surgery. This likely ends the Korkmaz-era in Philly. An ultimately unfulfilled legacy that will forever be stained by the fact that Pascal Siakam was taken one pick after Kork. If his time in Philly ends after this offseason, we wish him all the best.
Zhaire Smith – Finally some good news! Zhaire Smith actually practiced with the Sixers today. Not a full participant, but dammit he practiced. The Blue Coats had a game, so he made his way to practice with the Sixers. Still no word on when he’ll return and I’m not exactly holding my breath on how much he can contribute this year based on the fact that he nearly died due to a misdiagnosed allergic reaction, but this is good news. I mentioned Pascal Siakam in my last two injury reports, but I’m not exactly sure how he ties into this one.
Anyway, I can’t wait for the Sixers to return to the court this Friday against the Heat. Jonah Bolden will ultimately have to fill the role of making Hassan Whiteside his bitch, which could be a big opportunity for the young lad.