"Joel Embiid 'Likely" Needs Knee Surgery; No Recovery Timetable

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"And now, out for the season after we shot this commercial, with a rookie year lasting longer than a Jolly Rancher, Joel The Process Embiid".

Embiid made his National Basketball Association debut earlier this season, more than two years after the 76ers drafted him in 2014.

And no, he has not won the Rookie of the Year Award (despite his incredible play for 31 games, his teammate Dario Saric is the leader for the award).

But Wednesday, the team announced that injury-riddled young phenom will undergo surgery to fix the torn meniscus in his left knee.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is "very likely" to have surgery to fix a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Embiid "very likely" will have to get surgery on his injured knee soon. Sources told ESPN.com that Embiid and the Sixers have been exploring treatment options after he suffered a partially torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee during a January practice.

Embiid to undergo surgery on meniscus in left knee in coming days.

Before his knee injury, Embiid was averaging 20 points, almost eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

If Embiid does end up having surgery, it's not entirely clear how long he'll need to recover. There's still a good chance he ends up winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, too.

Last week, when the Sixers were in the midst of a west coast road trip, Embiid stayed behind in California to see knee specialists to further evaluate his injury.