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Joel Embiid of the 76ers opens up about how injury affected mental health: ‘It was really tough’

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Apr 3, 2024

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid made a return to the court on Tuesday night after spending eight weeks recovering from knee surgery, which he said had a negative impact on his mental health. Embiid mentioned to reporters that the injury was particularly difficult to handle mentally, and he struggled with feelings of depression during his recovery. Despite not feeling fully back to normal mentally, his love for basketball pushed him to return as soon as he was able.

The injury occurred on January 30 when Embiid injured his meniscus during a game against the Golden State Warriors, leading to surgery a week later. His absence of 29 games caused the 76ers to struggle, with an 11-18 record during that time. Although the team’s standings in the Eastern Conference dropped significantly, Embiid’s return marked a hopeful turning point.

In his comeback game, Embiid showed promising numbers with 24 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in around 29 minutes of play. Even though he acknowledged he was not yet at his pre-injury level, he remained motivated to work hard and improve as he gets closer to returning to his dominant form.

Before his injury, Embiid was posting impressive stats, making a case for an MVP-level performance. Despite the setbacks caused by his injury, his return to the court has energized the team to push forward as they aim to build momentum heading into the playoffs.

Embiid has six more games to continue his progress and prepare for the postseason. While he is not fully recovered, having him back in the lineup is a significant boost for Philadelphia as they aim to secure a strong position in the playoffs.

By editor

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