Reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid to Have Knee Surgery, Will Miss Significant Time

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’ star center Joel Embiid will reportedly have surgery to repair a meniscus injury on his left knee. The surgery is expected to cause Embiid to miss significant time and possibly be out for the season.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 76ers expect to have a clearer idea of Embiid’s timeline once the surgery takes place. However, the team hopes that the reigning NBA MVP could recover in time to return to court before the 2023-24 campaign wraps up.

Embiid suffered the injury in last week’s 119-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors when Warriors’ forward Jonathan Kuminga fell on his knee during a chase for a loose ball. Embiid, who dealt with knee soreness at various points this season, underwent an MRI test after the game, and the results showed a torn meniscus.

The development represents a huge blow to both the 76ers and Embiid. Philly hoped that it could finally make a deep playoff run under new head coach Nick Nurse but will now have to figure out a way to remain competitive in a loaded East.

Embiid, on the other hand, sees his promising campaign to repeat as NBA MVP come to an end. The 29-year-old player was arguably playing his best season, averaging a career-high 35.3 points and 5.7 assists to go with 11.3 rebounds per game.