The 2014-15 NBA season may well be looked back on in years to come as the year of the injury.
So many big names have been out for significant periods of time that some teams were even signing players on game day based on how close they were to the arena.
For one of the NBA's hyped young talents he didn't even get the chance to break a sweat on the hardwood this year before he was ruled out. And, per new reports today, it could be a horrible case of deja vu for next season.
Fresh off the back of news last week that Joel Embiid had suffered a set back in his bid to regain full fitness following a year out with a foot injury, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey has warned 76ers fans that they could face a very long wait to see the number three overall pick of the 2014 Draft:
According to Pompey, the Sixer might only not be able to use Embiid at the start of the 2015-16 season, but there is a "legitimate chance" the big man could miss the entire campaign.
Philadelphia were aware of Embiid's injury history when they used their first round pick on him coming out of Kansas. They were, however, willing to play the waiting game considering the huge potential the Cameroon native has.
Running out of time
Now though, with this new rumor the latest in a long line of set backs, one anonymous NBA executive warned that the franchise have seen their plans go up in smoke:
"“He was their guy,” the Eastern Conference team representative told Philly.com.
“They were hoping he was a franchise player. If he’s not a franchise player, their whole plan is gone...If Embiid can’t play or if he can’t reach a superstar level, their plan is really in trouble.”
Just how legitimate the claims of another season on the sidelines are remains to be seen. What is clear, though, is that Joel Embiid is edging ever closer to become a draft bust before he has even taken to the floor in the NBA.
Missing one season - a year in which the Sixers were probably actually glad to see him out the lineup as they headed for Tank City - is one thing, a persistent right foot injury keeping you out for two years is something that triggers fear amongst fans and those who placed so much faith in you to become a star.
NBA fans: Will Embiid prove his critics wrong, or will he end up an expensive draft bust? Have your say in the comments below...
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