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Philadelphia center Joel Embiid took the floor for some live five-on-five play for the first time in quite a while. Not surprisingly, Embiid has a ways to go.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Embiid was out-of-sorts, rusty during a 76ers scrimmage Wednesday.
Per the Inquirer:
At times, Embiid had a tough time with his footwork, finding his balance, and figuring out things in real-time speed on defense. And that wasn’t all.
“Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball and shooting,” said Embiid, the third overall draft pick in 2014 who missed the previous two seasons after surgeries on his right foot. “So I’ve still got to get in the flow of the game.”
Embiid is listed at 7-foot-2 and is still just 22 years old. The one thing he doesn’t appear to have lost is athleticism, and that’s part of what coaxed the Sixers to draft him at No. 3 overall in 2014.
That’s really saying something considering he’s undergone two foot surgeries in two years. He hasn’t played a game since his college days at Kansas.
“Just as time goes on, you see it,” Sixers coach Brett Brown told Philadelphia reporters. “[Right now], you see all the times when you realize he hasn’t played basketball for a long time.”