Joel Embiid Unhappy About Minutes Restrictions

Joel Embiid drives past Hassan Whiteside during the 2016-17 season

On Monday, Brown said that Embiid would be limited to minutes "in the teens" at the start of the season.

Sixers coach Brett Brown revealed to reporters at Monday's practice that Embiid would continue to play under a minutes limit.

Philadelphia Sixers big man Joel Embiid says he's fully healthy and ready to take the 2018 National Basketball Association season head on, but the team is still going to ease him into the lineup given his extensive injury history. "If you look at it, if I started the third quarter, I have to literally wait like 16 minutes before I go back in and finish the game". "They got to listen to me".

"I always think I have a voice so I'm sure they're listening to what I have to say too", he said. "I didn't know about that". Embiid saw action in two preseason games, playing 15 minutes in both contests, so it's likely that the Sixers will bring him along slowly, progressively allowing him to increase his workload over the first few weeks of the regular season.

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And more from Embiid after he was informed about Brown's comments. "I still gotta get in game shape, but I think I'm ready for more".

"I'm very disappointed", Embiid told reporters. Over just 31 games, he averaged 25.4 minutes a game. "I feel great, and hopefully that changes based on this practice and tomorrow's practice". "We're going to discuss it, but at the same time I trust them, I trust the doctors, and even if I feel good, they have a plan behind it".

Embiid, 23 and one of the league's most intriguing talents - and also one of its most injury-prone players - has had his career stunted by a series of foot and back issues. Last season he was visibly upset when he was removed from a close game because of his minutes restriction. But by the end of November, Embiid was already up to playing around 28 minutes per game, with some additional leeway if the Sixers were engaged in a tight game during the final minutes.

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