After their 115-106 win over the Knicks on Thursday night, the Sixers had positive news on Joel Embid, who suffered a left shoulder sprain Wednesday in a 108-94 loss at Cleveland.
The Sixers issued this statement: “Evaluation and testing confirmed a left shoulder sprain and that there was no significant structural damage. His progress will be symptom-based and he is currently expected to be re-evaluated in approximately one week.”
Coach Brett Brown reacted by saying, “The fact that there is no structural damage, we all hear loudly.”
As if the 76ers aren’t having enough problems with Embiid and Ben Simmons out with injuries, the team had to put out another fire concerning the comments by Glenn Robinson III.
Acquired at the trade deadline Feb. 6 from Golden State, Robinson told Basketball Insiders that his role wasn’t really explained to him.
Brown took exception to that Thursday.
“That is not true,” he said, before elaborating.
“… After the All-Star break, every single one of them got a road map: ‘This is your role. This is what we expect, done,' ” Brown said.
Robinson, a free agent after the season, averaged a career-best 12.9 points on a Golden State team that has the fewest wins in the NBA.
“I get it when you have a career year on a poor team and it’s a contract year, I understand it,” Brown said. “I coached those years myself. And so in the middle of it all, he’s good people, he’s a good person, and he’s trying to figure out what his next step is while coexisting in a team framework.”
Robinson averaged 6.0 points in 14.5 minutes during his first six games with the Sixers.
Before the game Thursday, he said his comments were “a little blown out of proportion.”
When asked what intended to say, Robinson replied, “But I did say that I just want to figure out what my role is to help this team.”
Brown didn’t hold any of the comments against Robinson, who was in the starting lineup against the Knicks, his third start in seven games with the Sixers.
In celebration of Black History Month, Sixers forward Tobias Harris hosted more than 20 minority male educators. The educators got to see pregame warmups and have a meet and greet with Harris after the game.