The coaching staff is faced with the tricky task of managing Embiid's allotted minutes over a 48-minute span. Brett Brown is considering using up his playing time in the first half instead of spacing it out to have him available in the fourth quarter. This time around, he was available for just two games.
"I got a voice", Embiid said.
Embiid, who played 31 games last season, said he should play at least 30 minutes to start the season.
He only played in 31 games past year, and missed 164 games over two seasons (two entire campaigns) after recieving two foot surgeries after being drafted third overall in 2014. But they won't be getting their money's worth. Why not give him a monthly, or even weekly total of minutes to be limited to?More news: Google Maps pulls cupcake calorie counter after backlash
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Brown hopes to ramp up the unhappy big fella's playing time to 32 minutes by January. And then allow them to roll-over into an important game.
Embiid found out later about what Brown said and says he was unaware of the plan. "I don't know how you do that, because I'm sure coach wants me to finish the game".
"They are going to hear me".
But Embiid will start against the Wizards in a game where the Sixers will become the first franchise in National Basketball Association history to have two No. 1 overall draft picks make their debut in the same game: 2016 pick Ben Simmons will start after missing last season with a broken foot and 2017 pick Markelle Fultz will serve as one of the top reserves off the bench. Now, barely 24 hours after the team announced No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz would begin the season coming off the bench, Embiid is frustrated with his minutes restriction. But blindly hurting the Sixers' chances by limiting his time on the floor from day to day, really is "f-king bullshit".