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Coach Brett Brown expects Joel Embiid to be ready for training camp, be defensive anchor

Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 12: Head Coach Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the first half of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on April 12, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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After two seasons of dominating empty gyms, Joel Embiid is expected to step on an NBA court in a couple of weeks.

What does Sixers coach Brett Brown want out of his rookie center? First, to be on the court. Second, to be a defensive anchor, and from there just let the offense come to him.

Brown had a media luncheon Thursday and here is what he said about Embiid, as reported by Brian Seltzer of the Sixers website and Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

Embiid himself expects there will be restrictions placed upon him early, but he wants to play. Embiid has had two foot surgeries over two years, so the team will bring him along slowly.

One other interesting note from the luncheon: Brown seems to be leaning toward starting Jerryd Bayless at the point and bringing Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell (if he makes the team) off the bench.