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Sixers news: Joel Embiid ‘looked good’ in half-court, 5-on-5 scrimmages

It has been a progressive road to recovery for Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid from a torn meniscus in his left knee over the last several months.

Embiid has continued that progress on through training camp as head coach Brett Brown told Keith Pompey of The Inquirer that the 23-year-old has played well in half-court, 5-on-5 scrimmages.

“Joel looked good,” coach Brett Brown said. “Timmy looked like he hasn’t played in a while, but Joel looked good.”

This is another step forward for Embiid as he’s inching closer to being able to return to in-game action at some point in the near future. There is no rush with the process given his well-documented injury history that includes a pair of fractures to his right foot that forced him to miss his first two seasons in the league.

Instead, Philadelphia will likely take the precautionary route with the recovery process to steadily bring him back in the fold. There is currently no timetable in place for his return.

Embiid has quickly become a huge piece of the puzzle for the 76ers as the face of the franchise despite playing in just 31 games this past season. He had shown much promise with his play after averaging 20.2 points with 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game.