Philadelphia 76ers' star Joel Embiid underwent a left knee procedure, and the team has stated that he will be reevaluated in around four weeks. The upcoming weeks of recovery will be crucial, but there is optimism that Embiid might return during the regular season.
The timing of this injury is unfortunate for Embiid and the Sixers, as he is currently leading the NBA in scoring with an average of 35.3 points per game and was on track for a historic season, aiming to join Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.
This injury adds to Embiid's history of knee issues, having previously faced injuries to both knees. The 29-year-old missed a playoff game in 2021 due to a small meniscus tear in his right knee and had season-ending surgery for his left meniscus during the 2016-17 season, resulting in him missing 37 games.
The Sixers, currently on a losing streak, have dropped six of their last seven games, causing them to slip to the fifth position in the Eastern Conference standings. Unfortunately, Embiid will likely fall short of meeting the league's 65-game minimum to qualify for postseason awards, given that he has played only 34 games so far.
This setback poses a significant challenge for the Sixers as they navigate the remainder of the regular season without their star player and attempt to secure a favorable position in the Eastern Conference standings.