Thursday, March 2, 2017
Joel Embiid Heading Towards Greg Oden's Path
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid’s season is over due to left knee problems, that includes a torn meniscus. Embiid had not yet even played since January 27, and the 76ers announced recently that he would likely return later this week. Unfortunately, an MRI performed on Monday showed the meniscus problem was worse than the original diagnosis suggested, and after reviewing that information the 76ers decided to end his season.
This leaves the question is Joel Embiid the new Greg Oden? Is he a fragile big? Embiid total games in the 2016-2017 season is just 31 and he did not even played at all in his first two seasons. He only played 31 games out of 246 games in the three years of his career. If you compared that to Greg Oden, Oden was able to play 82 games in that time frame. In that case, Oden was healthier than Embiid considering that time frame. After his second season, Oden missed three seasons in a row and barely played again.
However, their injuries are completely different since Oden had three microfracture procedures on his knees and a fractured left patella that has ended his career in Portland. While Joel Embiid injuries includes a broken foot, followed with a less serious a knee injury.
This is just bad luck for the Sixers who are still dealing with Ben Simmons’ injury.
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