Joel Embiid: Sixers 'got to listen to me' about minutes restriction

Lynette Rowe
October 18, 2017

But at the same time, that's me only playing four minutes a quarter, and just sitting there getting cold, and my body not being ready to go if I have to wait 8-10 minutes and then got to go finish the game, too. "I don't think there should ever be minute restrictions".

Embiid (ankle) said Tuesday that he expects to play approximately 16 minutes in the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Wizards, Jessica Camerato of NBA Sports Philadelphia reports.

"Oh sh*t, I didn't know about that", Embiid told PhillyVoice. "If you were to choose a number, it would be somewhere like in the teens".

To which the 23-year-old budding superstar said it's "f-king bullshit". "Definitely going to have my opinion on that, and they're going to hear me. I don't know, I wish I was playing more but we're going to see how that goes".

It's understandable that the Philadelphia 76ers want to handle Joel Embiid carefully this season, especially considering the massive contract they just handed to him.

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But Embiid may not have as big a role early on as he'd hoped to.

"I think the concept of minute restrictions is kind of complicated", Embiid said. But I don't know.

Just as they did past year, the Sixers are once again planning to limit Joel Embiid's minutes to start the season. But he still wasn't cleared for full contact as training camp approached.

Embiid didn't play a single game in the first two seasons of his National Basketball Association career due to various injuries, and even while putting up incredible numbers during the 31 games he played last season, he was limited to 25 minutes per game.

You'll have to forgive Philadephia fans for rolling their eyes. The last thing they'd want to do is have injuries sap his potential. 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. Why not give him a monthly, or even weekly total of minutes to be limited to? You'll never guess how Embiid signed off.

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