From NBA.com staff reports
UPDATE: Arn Tellem, the agent for draft hopeful Joel Embiid, has confirmed that his client has suffered a broken bone in his right foot and will undergo surgery on Friday.
Bleacher Report injury expert Will Carroll has more on it:
This is a common problem for big men. Going back to Bill Walton, the weight and unique forces that their freakish size put on the feet often cause significant problems. More recently, Yao Ming was forced out of the game early due to foot problems.
Other big men like Rasheed Wallace and Pau Gasol have had assorted issues with their feet as well. The name that was immediately invoked with Embiid is even more problematic: Sam Bowie. It is important to note that Bowie didn’t have foot problems; his were in the lower leg, not the foot.
While those three comparables did not have the exact same injuries or exact same mechanism that led to the injuries, there are enough similarities to draw some very negative conclusions. If Embiid is dealing with a fracture, even a stress fracture, that is very worrisome.
This is the second significant injury of the year for Embiid. Embiid’s back issue was already raising red flags for several teams in the NBA, with reports that Cleveland was off of Embiid due to the injuries and poor workouts widespread. The injury, known as spondylolysis, is not unheard of in the NBA. Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistonsmissed only a few weeks in 2013 after having suffered the injury and showed no problems.
Joel Embiid, considered the top center prospect and a potential favorite to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 Draft on June 26, has suffered an injury to his right foot. Embiid had encountered questions regarding his back, which flared up with injuries throughout his 2013-14 season at Kansas University.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, who broke the news on Embiid, has more on the injured big man. The injury was confirmed by both Embiid’s agent and his mentor, Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute:
Joel Embiid, considered the front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has suffered a right foot injury, his agent and his mentor both confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.
“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”
One source told ESPN.com that Embiid “may have broken” his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.
Luc Mbah a Moute, Embiid’s mentor, also was not certain as to the extent of the injury.
“I just heard he got hurt,” said Mbah a Moute, who is overseas.
Embiid was scheduled to work out for Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the second overall pick, later this week.
Some additional notes on Embiid from others around the NBA scene, via Twitter