Sixers: Embiid, Thybulle, Simmons, Joe

This Thursday (November 18) is early Joel Embiid could return after the NBA health and safety protocol, but Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said in a HoopsHype Podcast with Michael Scott that Spruce the center is likely to be away for a little longer.

As Pompey explains, Embiid was symptomatic after COVID-19 infection and “hasn’t done anything for basketball” during his absence, so he probably needs some time to get up and prepare for the game. While Pompey admits the All-NBA grandmother has a chance to return to the lineup on Thursday, he believes it will be more likely to happen on Saturday or sometime next week.

[UPDATE: Embiid has been ruled out for Thursday’s game, tweets Pompey.]

Here’s more about Sixers:

  • Pompey also told Scott Matisse Thybulle (health and safety protocols) should return next week, if not earlier. Head coach Doc Rivers did not provide any real detail on Tuesday when reporters asked about possible return dates for Embiid and Thybule. Pompeius has tweeted.
  • Ben Simmons was, of course, a popular topic of discussion when Pompey appeared on the HoopsHype Podcast. During the conversation, Pompey said he still believes Simmons has played his last game as a Sixer, but trade talks appear to be “on hiatus” so far. Scotto said he heard from some executives that the 76s ’hot start without Simmons may have offended the value of the 25-year-old man slightly in the eyes of potential suitors. “When you lose a star player, you typically struggle, but Philadelphia, which came out of the gate, led the Eastern Conference.” Scotto said the team has collapsed since Embiid was sidelined.
  • Kyle Neubeck of takes an in-depth look at Simmons ’situation. In his column, Neubeck argues that there is an inherent contradiction between agents Rich Paul‘s claim that negative publicity is damaging Simmons’ mental health and Klutch Sports’ apparent willingness to engage in a PR battle by leaking information about the incident to the media.
  • As Pompey writes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Isaiah Joe said he experienced some symptoms of COVID-19, including odor loss, during the occupational health and safety protocol, but he is now better. Joe played for the first time since Nov. 3 on Tuesday and recorded a season record of 24 minutes in the Philadelphia loss to Utah.

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