76ers’ Joel Embiid Hopes to Return Before the End of the Regular Season

Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018
Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock (9306399az)

The Philadelphia 76ers will consider it a big success if their star center, Joel Embiid, manages to return from his knee injury by the time playoffs begin. However, Embiid has an even more ambitious plan.

Speaking with reporters earlier this week, Embiid said that he hopes he will be back on the court before the regular season wraps up.

“Obviously everything has to go right, as far as getting healthy and being as close as I’m supposed to be. But yeah, that’s the plan,” Embiid said.

Embiid later added that his decision whether to play or sit out the regular season won’t be affected by the 76ers’ position in the standings.

“Any chances that I get, I wanna be on the floor. So it doesn’t matter where we are [in the standings]. I just want to play as much as I can and try to help us,” he added.

Embiid averaged 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game this season before suffering a knee injury in late January in a game against the Golden State Warriors. He was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear and was forced to undergo surgery.

Philly has been in a free fall ever since Embiid got hurt and has lost six out of their last 10 games. They are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 34-25 record, being just one game ahead of the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers.