Embiid sidelined for 5-8 months

Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives to the basket against the Baylor Bears on February 4,...

Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives to the basket against the Baylor Bears on February 4, 2014 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images/AFP)

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Joel Embiid's recovery from foot surgery will take five to eight months and not four to six months as originally reported.

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said Friday after the team drafted Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick the previous night that earlier estimates were inaccurate.

"Timeframe -- I've seen reported some four to six months -- that's not the number that I've heard," Hinkie said, according to CSNPhiladelphia. "The number that I've heard from the surgeon himself was five to eight months."

Hinkie would not rule out Embiid, who spent one year at Kansas, for the 2014-15 season but indicated that the Sixers would do what's best for his future. The 76ers kept Nerlens Noel, the team's top newcomer this past season, out of action the entire season to allow him to recover from knee surgery.

"Guess what our approach will be? We will focus on the long-term health of the player," Hinkie said. "We've had this discussion before. ... It is all that matters, the long-term health of the player. Will we be smart about that? Of course. Will we be thoughtful about that? I hope so. Will we be patient? Yes. We will give him every chance to be as healthy as he can be."

Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming had a problem with the same navicular bone in the foot, but Hinkie said it's difficult to compare the two.

"The sad truth is you don't find big samples for any of these," Hinkie said. "(You) look for studies for 7-foot, 20-year-old basketball players from Africa with a particular break in their foot, that's challenging, there aren't a lot of them."

The Sixers ultimately took a gamble by selecting Embiid No. 3 overall.

"If he can remain healthy, he can have a fantastic NBA career," Hinkie said.


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