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Sixers head coach Brown expects Joel Embiid back for beginning of next season

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid’s first two seasons in the NBA have been a disappointment, to say the least. Since being drafted with the third overall pick in 2014, the former Kansas star has been plagued with injury and unable to play a single game in the NBA.

According to head coach Brett Brown, this will not be the case for next season. He expects Embiid to be ready for day one of next season, he said on SportsRadio 94WIP.

According to Sixers writer Tom Moore, newly named Sixers’ president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo announced last month that he “won’t change anything with [Embiid’s] rehab [and] will listen to medical people.” The strategy seems to be working.

Embiid has been making strides in his recovery while rehabbing in Qatar. The 22 year old big man has only been restricted to “full-contact, full-court scrimmaging.”

After another horrible year, the Sixers are expected to have yet another top pick. Should they get one of the first two, they will have a chance at grabbing a young player with the potential to make a difference right away. A glimmer of hope for Sixers fans who have watched their team suffer through possibly the worst stretch of seasons in NBA history.