Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid went to Los Angeles on Monday see a back specialist, but coach Bill Self expects him to be ready for the postseason.
Embiid missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-back injury. He is seeking a second opinion on the status of his injury.
“This was the plan all along,” Self said. “We don’t anticipate anything new, but we owe it to Joel and his family to know exactly what we’re dealing with.”
Self said he hopes to learn later Monday what the doctor finds out. He did acknowledge that Embiid could miss this week’s Big 12 Tournament.
“I’m optimistic he’ll play soon,” Self said. “He’ll be back. I’m 100 percent optimistic he’ll be back. We just don’t know yet whether it will be this week or next week. We’re not going to put him out there until the doctors say he’s ready.”
The 7-footer is considered by some to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft if he decides to leave school.
Embiid first injured his back in the second half of a win against West Virginia and missed the following game Feb. 15 against TCU. He played the next three games before re-injuring his back during the March 1 loss at Oklahoma State.
Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
- Former Warriors GM Bob Myers regrets not signing Tyrese Haliburton in 2020 NBA Draft
- WATCH: Lakers bench in awe after LeBron James drops in three-consecutive threes vs. Pelicans
- Tyrese Haliburton mocks Damian Lillard while imitating his signature “Dame Time” celebration
- Does this recent report mean that Zach LaVine is on his way out?
- College Basketball: Odds, Predictions, And Best Bets For Thursday, December 7
NBA 2 weeks ago
Kevin Durant reveals he requested a trade out of Brooklyn because they didn’t ‘build an identity’
NBA 1 week ago
NBA legend Kevin Garnett revealed he plans to ‘dedicate’ a son to Kobe Bryant
Headlines 2 weeks ago
Michael Malone to Make Changes to Bench
NBA 2 weeks ago
Who will win the 2024 NBA Title? Analyzing the top NBA Championship contenders