Joel Embiid out at least 4 weeks after knee procedure

Joel Embiid out at least 4 weeks after knee procedure

Reigning league MVP Joel Embiid will be sidelined at least four weeks following a knee procedure Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced.

The star center underwent the procedure to address an injury to the lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Embiid, 29, has missed five of the past six games, with the Sixers losing four of the five contests he sat out.

The two-time defending NBA scoring champion and 2022-23 MVP is averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 blocks but has played in just 34 of Philadelphia’s 49 games.

As part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, players must play a minimum of 65 regular-season games to be eligible for certain awards, including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and the All-NBA teams.

The four-week mark from Tuesday is March 5, meaning Embiid would miss 11 or 12 more games before his injury is re-evaluated. He will also miss the All-Star Game, to which he was voted a starter, on Feb. 18 in Indianapolis. — Field Level Media/Reuters

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