On the Beat: "No Red Flags" for Embiid; Sixers Proud of Big Man's Progress

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

PHILADELPHIA - The 76ers are five weeks away from the start of a much-anticipated training camp. Brett Brown has been making the interview rounds recently, and some of his comments seem to only be further stoking the budding excitement surrounding the team.

On Saturday, Brown attended at Fanatic Fantasy Fest, the annual summer event put on by 97.5 FM The Fanatic, the flagship station of the Sixers Radio Network.

Brown then joined Anthony Gargano and the Fanatic Morning Show Monday to further discuss the state of the Sixers.

Along with the drafting of Ben Simmons number one overall this past June, and his subsequent promising play in the Utah Jazz and Samsung NBA Summer Leagues, one of the most significant off-season plotlines concerning the Sixers has been the improving health of Joel Embiid. Brown said Friday on The Lowe Post podcast that the seven-plus foot tall center is “on track” to be ready for the pre-season, and during his talk with Gargano Monday, the head coach appeared to double-down on that statement.

Nearly two and a half years have passed since Embiid last played in a formal five-on-five game, having done so in March 2014 during his lone campaign at Kansas. That season, he averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game, before being taken third overall in the draft. Two separate right foot procedures have delayed his professional debut. 

In addition to Simmons and Embiid, Dario Saric, the 12th selection from the 2014 draft, will also be joining the Sixers this fall. The multi-faceted 22-year old forward is coming off a strong Olympic effort, in which he helped Croatia reach the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Saric finished 20th overall in scoring (11.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (6.7 rpg), and second in playing time (33.1 mpg).

Between the Sixers’ young talent, and the signings of veteran free agents Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, and Sergio Rodriguez, Brown acknowledged that there will be a new look, and set of expectations associated with this season’s roster.

As he regularly does when given the chance to speak publicly about the Sixers, Brown expressed appreciation for the patience that supporters of the franchise have shown over the past three years.

The forthcoming 2016-2017 season will mark Brown’s fourth in Philadelphia.

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