The Philadelphia 76ers have had precious little to be excited about in recent years, but the imminent return of Joel Embiid certainly constitutes as exciting.
By return, we actually mean debut. Embiid was selected as the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, but he hasn't managed a single minute on the hardwood because of a troublesome foot injury that has required a couple of surgeries.
The Cameroonian center was pegged to be the top overall selection in his class, but Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins would ultimately enjoy that privilege after Embiid had surgery prior to the selection process.
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However, after a lot of rehab, the 22-year-old told Philly.com that he is at maximum health and ready to go.
"I feel 100 percent and ready to get started," said Embiid, who spoke while making an appearance at the Sixers' annual Beach Bash on Saturday. "We have been working on a lot this summer, and I got a chance to play a little bit against the guys, and it has been going great."
After so long out of the game and having not had a chance to build up any experience in the league, Embiid knows that expectations need to be reasonable for now. He expects the franchise to carry the same outlook.
"I think the decision will probably be about that I haven't played in two years," he said to Philly.com. "It won't be because people are worried that I am going to reinjure myself, which I don't think is going to happen, but it will be about the fact I haven't played in two years and take it slow."