Joel Embiid not happy with 76ers' minutes-restriction plan

Hassan Whiteside Joel Embiid

Embiid, 23, has played just 31 games in his first three National Basketball Association seasons.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Monday that there will be a minutes restriction for his star center starting with Wednesday night's season opener, though he didn't want to narrow it to a specific number.

"That's f--ing BS", he said after practice Tuesday.

"He's one of the greatest talents I've ever seen", Dunleavy said.

"They talked about it right now, I think the number is going to be 16 or something like that". Since being drafted by the Sixers in 2014, Embiid has played in just 31 games - all of which came last season. He did, however, famously relent over the restriction several times during the season, particularly after an overtime game last November against the Grizzlies and another later against the Pacers. Brown agrees after trying to balance his playing time last season. He was limited in training camp until the team announced a monster $146.5 million extension, and then appeared in two preseason games.

The situation-blind minutes restriction seems illogical. "I wish I was playing more minutes".

Earlier in the summer, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said the team didn't anticipate a minutes restriction for Embiid this season.

Or on the other end, if he is needed in crunch time, or overtime, and plays a few extra minutes in a game, sit him out for a quarter, or a game following. "They're making the decision based on what they think, but that's [expletive]", Embiid said Tuesday. Regardless of how long he plays out of the gate, just having him on the floor gives the Sixers the chance to win games. "Or oops, it goes to overtime and, 'Sorry, you can't play against Memphis in overtime'".

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.

Joel Embiid has gone through his fair share of waiting, sitting out his first two seasons and 51 additional games during his rookie year - and now he's bound to miss even more.

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