Jazz center Rudy Gobert thinks Joel Embiid is being overprotected by 76ers
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert doesn’t agree with the way the Philadelphia 76ers are managing fellow big man Joel Embiid through the start of his career, as the franchise has been utterly careful by gearing him into basketball shape.
Most recently, head coach Brett Brown noted Embiid would miss out on Tuesday’s game against the Jazz, citing “load management” as the reason of his absence — reason Gobert didn’t buy at all.
“To be honest, I think they are overprotecting him,” Gobert said after a 104-97 defeat at the hands of the Sixers, according to Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News.
This was Embiid’s second absence of the young season, playing in eight of the first 10 games of the season. The 7-footer missed 14 of the first 45 games of the 2016-17 season, as the organization tried to play it carefully after he missed two entire seasons with knee and leg injuries since being drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.
The Process has shown a cornucopia of skills on the court, from his range extending to the three-point line to the arsenal of post moves he’s unleashed on hapless defenders throughout his short stint in the league.
Through eight games in the season, Embiid is already surpassing his last season averages, putting up 20.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game to start off the campaign.