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Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:06

NBA Draft: Joel Embiid hurt as the draft arrives

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With the former Jayhawks having a foot injury the question is not if he will fall, it is how far down....

Most everywhere you go peeking about the upcoming NBA Draft you are going to see that Kansas’ big man, Joel Embiid, was the front runner to becoming this year’s top pick. Now, with a week before the teams gather to make their picks known comes news that the seven footer has a broken foot. ESPN had this to say about the former Jayhawk…

Joel Embiid, considered the front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has suffered a right foot injury, his agent and his mentor both confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.

 

 

"He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,'' agent Arn Tellem told ESPN's Andy Katz by phone Thursday. "He's getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We'll know more Friday.''

No one knows how bad the injury is, but reality is that this could easily cost Embiid much more than the top spot in the draft. It was rumored that some teams were scared off by his back problems; this could cause even more teams to be moving away from the big man.

The Cavaliers, who have that pick, had worked out the big man, and most were ready to say that he would end up in Cleveland. Now, after the news of this injury the Cavs are bringing in Dante Exum to work out for them, even if Jabari Parker seems the new favorite for the franchise.

The biggest question will be… how far does Joel Embiid drop? Could either the Celtics or the Lakers, who very pretty high on Randle, take a chance on the center? That will probably depend on how bad the injury is. On the other hand, when it comes to the franchise from Bean Town, who has been trying to bring Kevin Love to Boston, the question has to be… will this hurt them as their pick might be worth less now?

While watching the games is probably the best thing a fan can have, to me the behind the scene things that happen in the off-season are so much more interesting, as winning now on paper can help any franchise then win on the hardwoods.

Alex Mazzolini

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CLNS Radio's featured NCAA Football & Basketball columnist.

 

Host of "The ABC's of the ACC" and "Pushing the Envelope" podcasts.

 

Following college sports for over a third of a century, covering not just the games, but also the recruiting, of the super conferences.

 

When it comes to college athletics I love the present day as social media gives us so much information. However, I long for the old days when college sport was more about the programs the young men played at and less about where they would end up at the next level.