Why Do NBA Big Men Break Down?

Joel Embiid, the University of Kansas seven-footer who was expected to be the first pick in tonight's NBA draft, just had two screws inserted into the navicular bone in his right foot.1 Embiid is expected to miss 4-6 months and the stress fracture—his second in three months—may cost him millions of dollars.2 Many… » 6/26/14 2:47pm 6/26/14 2:47pm

Just How Serious Is ​Joel Embiid's Injury?

The Kansas Jayhawks open up the Big 12 Tournament today against Oklahoma State, and they'll be without freshman center Joel Embiid. Embiid, who's spent much of this season somehow keeping pace with comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon, has reportedly been diagnosed with a spinal stress fracture. The implications for NCAA… » 3/13/14 1:36pm 3/13/14 1:36pm

Should Kansas's Seed Be Dropped Because Of Joel Embiid's Injury?

After getting a second opinion from a spinal specialist, Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed that Joel Embiid has a stress fracture and will miss the Big 12 tournament, and most likely—at the very least—the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. This could—and maybe should—have major implications for Selection Sunday. » 3/11/14 5:49pm 3/11/14 5:49pm