Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been outspoken recently regarding minutes restrictions and the team's conservative plan to keep him healthy, and he admitted frustration Friday when he disclosed he hasn't yet been cleared to play in back-to-backs. "I just want to feel like an NBA player," Embiid said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey. "I feel like I'm not an NBA player because I don't play back to backs." On Tuesday, Embiid didn't hold back after he was informed head coach Brett Brown ballparked his initial minutes limit at "somewhere in the teens," calling that estimation "f--king bulls--t," per PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck. However, Neubeck noted at the time that Embiid "said he trusts the doctors" and knows they're thinking about his future. As it turns out, Embiid played 27 minutes and piled up 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and a block in Wednesday evening's 120-115 season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards.
Joel Embiid Doesn't Feel Like NBA Player Because He Doesn't Play Back-to-Backs
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