Plenty of undesirable news today for the 76ers. And an eventful working day for the team’s infamous clinical employees. After studying that Joel Embiid was out for at least a 7 days with knee soreness following his participation in Sunday’s All-Star video game, and that Furkan Kormaz has a torn meniscus, some fans had been excited for the possible return of 16th general decide on in the 2018 draft, Zhaire Smith. But the disappointing news continued today. It seems like the team does not assume the Texas Tech products to match up for the Sixers this 12 months the hope is that he’ll enjoy for the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League.
Zhaire Smith had exercise at all around “60%” today for every Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. But hrs later, we gained this update:
The news would not have been terribly astonishing to fans who originally acquired of the acute Jones fracture he experienced in his foot last summer time:
And in particular unsurprising as soon as fans also acquired that he was not capable to concentration on rehabilitating his foot for the reason that of an allergic response that essential a thoracoscopy in his chest.
It would make sense that the plan would have been for Smith to be presented a really really conservative rehab program.
But the team indicated that he may possibly be back again at some point this season on December 22nd, and did so once again on February 8th. So this arrives as at least a bit of a surprise.
For Sixer fans, it’s surely disappointing. Even though potentially no other fanbase in the NBA has been superior experienced to distrust a rosy forecast from their preferred team relating to personal injury prognosis:
I’ve reported this on the pod like 500 periods. This isn’t undesirable, it’s just a purpose of what he’s long gone by means of, and what they even predicted from him this 12 months in the to start with position. https://t.co/tbhE6pJmKy
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) February 20, 2019
Ideally Smith will get well. The foot personal injury he experienced is a single that is from time to time inclined to setback. Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons has dealt with a Jones fracture and a recurrence of personal injury to the space, as has Sammy Watkins of the Kansas Town Chiefs, and Kevin Durant of the Golden Condition Warriors. Ben Simmons has in fact dealt with this and took a lengthy rehab to prevent setback. Simmons has been (knock wood) the only a single of the aforementioned team to prevent setback. Ideally Smith joins the checklist as well.