After a slight scare that saw Joel Embiid returning to wearing a protective walking boot earlier in the week due to some soreness, it seems that Sixers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Embiid flew out to Los Angeles Tuesday for a scheduled check-up with his doctor, who had some good news for Embiid and his Philadelphia franchise.
Prior to the Sixers contest against the Bulls on Wednesday night head coach Brett Brown informed media members that everything is on track regarding Joel's recovery.
"It's healing at the rate we expected," Brown stated, before revealing that Embiid was given approval to actually up his workouts.
"The doctors have increased the minutes that we can keep him on the floor to 60. The bottom line is that he's come back from Los Angeles with the news that we all expected."
Embiid was back out on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center prior to the game on Wednesday, going through his usual pregame routine; practicing footwork and shooting jump shots, walking boot gone.
Going forward, the team is going to put a plan in place for Embiid's continuing recovery.
"It'll be 1-on-0 for now," Brett Brown said of Embiid's workouts. "The next stage after 1-on-0 will be playing against another body. We've got to be smart about trying to get his weight down and his conditioning up. There will be a plan put in place for him that will be organized with [head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson], [assistant coach] Billy Lange, and myself."
Embiid remains unavailable for game action, and likely won't suit up for the Sixers this season, but the news of positive progress, rather than a serious setback, is great for the Sixers.