The Sixers superstar, who was just named the NBA's Most Valuable Player Tuesday night, reportedly informed teammates of his possible return during a quick celebration after it was announced he had won the award.
After winning MVP last night, during a quick 76ers celebration, Joel Embiid turned to the team and said: “I’m back.”— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 3, 2023
Embiid is indeed on track to return tonight in Game 2 vs. Celtics barring setbacks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Embiid participated in the 76ers shootaround Wednesday morning -- Per ESPN -- which was the first time since sustaining a sprained LCL in his right knee back on April 20 in Game 3 of Philly's first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.
"It's just health-based," Sixers coach Doc Rivers said during Tuesday afternoon's presser. "If he can play, he plays. If he can't, he can't."And if it's 50-50, we would probably on the other side [and not have him play], because we've done that all year."
"Every single year, there's always something freaky happening, and that's ok," said Embiid during Wednesday morning's presser. "Obviously it's hard dealing with another injury...it's earlier than we thought considering what I had, but I'm just glad to be able to go up and down and see how I feel."