Last July, the 76ers announced Joel Embiid would have surgery in 7-10 days. After 38 days – filled with speculation about the severity of his injury and trust between the player and team – Embiid finally underwent his foot surgery.
Jahlil Okafor – who’s out for the rest of the season with a knee injury – planned to undergo surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, according to Keith Pompey of The Inquirer. It didn’t happen.
Are we headed down the same road again?
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, via Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:
“There’s no sort of conspiracy theories going on,” Brown said. “It’s more just trying to get a collaborative effort. I think any time -- and it happened with Joel (Embiid), it’s happened I think even with Nerlens (Noel), I can’t categorically say that -- where you get opinions and expertise in a room, maybe the decision on what path isn’t as easy as you wished it was. Although the procedure, we’ve discussed, it’s evidently a 10-minute procedure. So it’s just been put right now in that situation where they will talk about it more.”
“They’re stepping back, they’re trying to figure out the best practice to continue the operation,” Brown said. “They’re discussing it amongst doctors to figure out what the next plan is. No plan has been determined. That is ongoing.”
Maybe this is nothing, but it seems strange for a player to schedule a surgery then delay it – especially multiple players on the same team.
Until Okafor actually undergoes surgery and more information is released, there will be plenty of questions about the true severity of his injury.