NBA puts new rules in place, Embiid could suffer

If Joel Embiid was hoping to take it easy during his post-MVP season, he is in for a rude awakening. New Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse spoke with Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire this week. In the interview, Nurse revealed the team’s plan for their star big men next season: They want to play him as much as possible in the regular season, whatever it takes.

The pivot of Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiidis one of the main faces we think of when we talk about the new rules of the NBA regarding stars missing games. Indeed, the native of Yaoundé is renowned for regularly having physical problems, as was the case in the postseason last year. But there is no question of letting him rest too much in view of potential playoffs in 2024 and the Olympic Games this summer. THE Sixers will face fines if they leave their superstar at home during certain matches.

Nurse counts on Embiid in great shape

For this reason, Nick Nursenew coach of Phillybelieves that we must simply hope that the body of the Process yours: “ I think maybe our view of things is a little different than what people think. We’re trying to get him to play more games. Our goal is for it to go up for him, not the other way around. I think that’s exactly what our people believe here, that he can play and play again, touch wood, fingers crossed, all that. There’s always things that can happen like that, but I don’t know. I think the guys will play as much as they can and let’s see what happens. » concluded the manager.

Be careful not to permanently burn a horse that is already regularly in agony.

The body of Joel Embiid, who will be 30 next season, has held up rather well over the last two regular seasons, making 68 appearances in 2021-2022 and 66 last year (with 34.2 minutes per game over this period). But the latter has a fairly reckless style of play and always seems to be out of breath in the playoffs (including an orbital fracture in 2022 and a sprained knee in 2023). A bad omen if he plays more this season and if he decides, in addition, to participate in the Olympics with France or the United States.

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