Joel Embiid sounds off about minutes restriction to open season

But instead of ramping up his playing time for their first game, the Sixers are planning on keeping his minutes restricted to somewhere around 15.

"They talked about it right now, I think the number is going to be 16 or something like that. I don't know, I wish I was playing more but we're going to see how that goes". "I got a voice", Embiid told Philly.com on Monday.

Eight months after minor surgery to fix the meniscus tear in his left knee, Embiid still isn't ready to go 25, 30, heck, even 20, minutes in his first regular-season game since January. "They're making the decision based on what they think, but that's [expletive]", Embiid said Tuesday.

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Embiid went on to say he's expressed that frustration to the team, he believes how his body feels is more important than a minutes restriction, and he understands team doctors are looking out for his best interest. Regardless of how long he plays out of the gate, just having him on the floor gives the Sixers the chance to win games. He apparently hadn't been informed of the restriction when Brown relayed it to the media on Monday, and when reporters informed the 7-foot-2 Cameroonian shortly afterward, he responded, "Ah, s***". But I don't know.

Ever since Embiid was drafted by the Sixers, he has battled various injuries that have limited his playing time. But he still wasn't cleared for full contact as training camp approached.

Embiid didn't play a single game in the first two seasons of his National Basketball Association career due to various injuries, and even while putting up incredible numbers during the 31 games he played last season, he was limited to 25 minutes per game.

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You'll have to forgive Philadephia fans for rolling their eyes.

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. Actually, you will. "Like I always say", he finished, "you've got to trust the process". You'll never guess how Embiid signed off.

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