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Sixers Media Day: Joel Embiid expects to play in first game, says NBA better than college basketball

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Embiid (almost) back!

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Joel Embiid might be the most intriguing talent on the Sixers roster, but health problems put his career in jeopardy. Even with his debut seemingly on the horizon, doubts have persisted about whether he’d be ready to go or not. Seeing is believing, after all.

If you take him at his word, Embiid will be arrive on the scene in just eight days. Embiid confirmed to reporters at Sixers Media Day he expects to suit up for the preseason opener against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, October 4.

In the midst of doing so, Embiid made sure to shout out some of the key figures (and slogans) that helped him reach this point:

Not everything in his past is viewed with rose-colored glasses. Despite revealing he almost stayed in Kansas for a second college season, Embiid doesn’t hold a lot of reverence for hoops on the amateur circuit:

Despite the task ahead of him and the injury woes behind him, Embiid also isn’t short on ambition:

Embiid’s Sixers debut is finally, mercifully almost here. You can almost exhale now.