Sixers head coach Brett Brown says he plans to limit Joel Embiid to under 20 minutes a night at the start of the season—“somewhere like in the teens”—which came as a disappointing surprise to the big fella.
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) October 16, 2017
The 23-year-old, coming off a season-ending knee injury, says he feels great.
Brown hopes to lift Embiid’s playing time to around 32 minutes by January.
Thirty or so minutes after Brown spoke, Embiid walked over to the media. He said he was excited about the season, before saying, “I hope they don’t have me on a minutes restriction.”
A reporter then told him what Brown had said.
“Ah, [shoot],” Embiid said. “I didn’t know about that. But that’s disappointing. I feel great, and hopefully that changes based on this practice and tomorrow’s practice.”
Embiid said he will lobby to remain in close games past his time limit.
“I got a voice,” he said. “They got to listen to me. … If I feel great and my body feels great and my knee is fine, I should play 30 minutes or more. I definitely have my opinion on that. They are going to hear me. We are going to discuss it.”