Joel Embiid will have surgery to repair torn meniscus in left knee

Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 04:19 PM

It is “very likely” that Joel Embiid will undergo surgery on his knee, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

(Note: the team has confirmed that Embiid will have surgery. See below for the details).

It was first reported that Embiid had a torn meniscus in his left knee on February 11th. The team finally announced on March 1st that he would miss the remainder of the season because of the injury.

Embiid hasn’t played since appearing in a nationally televised game on January 27th against the Houston Rockets, a week after initially suffering a bone bruise in the same knee against the Portland Trailblazers. Embiid had one of his best games of the season against Houston, finishing with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots in his final appearance of the season.

The team did not disclose the meniscus tear prior to the February 11th report, believing it was a pre-existing condition and not the cause of his pain or swelling.

Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.1 assists in 31 appearances in his rookie season. Embiid was the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but missed both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons while recovering from a navicular bone fracture in his right foot.

Embiid had the first surgical procedure to repair the navicular bone performed just days before the 2014 draft, then required a second surgery in August 2015. There have been no reports of any complications with his right foot during his abbreviated rookie season.

I will continue to update this story as more details come out.

Update – 4:44 PM:

Here is Stein’s full report. He notes that surgery is likely to happen “in the coming days”.

Update – 6:37 PM:

The 76ers have confirmed that Joel Embiid will have surgery in the coming days to repair the torn meniscus.


Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner is a credentialed reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers independently for He is also a college basketball scout for, and an NBA contributor for The Ringer. Contact Information: / @DerekBodnerNBA

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  • Token

    I almost would rather he never played. Now we know how great he could be.