Joel Embiid Rejoins Sixers, Does The Shmoney

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport

On October 16, Sixers rookie Joel Embiid tragically lost his younger brother, Arthur. The 20-year-old flew back to his hometown of Yaounde, Cameroon the next day to be with his family and was joined shortly thereafter by teammate and mentor Luc Mbah a Moute, who later rejoined the team on October 30.

On Friday, Embiid returned to the United States, flying into New York City on a connecting flight through Paris and traveling the rest of the way to Philadelphia by car to attend the Sixers’ game that evening against the Bulls.

"It was great having Joel Embiid back," said head coach Brett Brown after the game. "The team welcomed him with open arms. For him to have walked into the locker room and to be a part of the huddle before we got going out to play, he's a valued member of this team, and everybody welcomed him as they should. It was good to have a teammate back."

Embiid continues to rehabilitate an injured right foot and his return to action has yet to be determined, but the young center is expected to travel with the team throughout the season and will make his first road trip this weekend when the Sixers fly to Toronto for a game against the Raptors on Sunday.

“For him to get back to a routine will help him,” Mbah a Moute said of Embiid’s return to Philadelphia. “We have a family-type atmosphere here, and with that atmosphere he can find some comfort. It’s good to have him back.”

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Before the game, Embiid led a dance circle that has become a tradition for the team before every game.

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