Joel Embiid: Sixers 'got to listen to me' about minutes restriction

Joel Embiid: Sixers 'got to listen to me' about minutes restriction

Thirty or so minutes after Brown spoke, Embiid walked over to the media.

Two days after the two first went back and forth on the court in the Miami Heat's exhibition loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Kansas City, with Embiid gesturing to the Heat bench to remove Whiteside because of Whiteside's early foul trouble, Whiteside said what ensued on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat was nothing more than playful respect. "They got to listen to me". I can tell you if you were to choose a number, it's somewhere in the teens. What I've told everybody is when you study National Basketball Association rules, timeouts aren't as frequent, timeouts are shorter, this is like I'm coaching in the London Olympic Games again. So sometimes the torrid pace of a game doesn't favor Jo when you get flying up and down.

And more from Embiid after he was informed about Brown's comments.

Embiid noted that while he trusts the doctors and knows they have his best interest in mind, he feels like he could go out and play more than what he's been told he'll play in the season-opener. "That's very disappointing, I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today's practice and tomorrow's practice".

Embiid, 23 and one of the league's most intriguing talents - and also one of its most injury-prone players - has had his career stunted by a series of foot and back issues. These two preseason games were Embiid's first two games after returning from a meniscus injury that he suffered towards the tail end of last season. "I don't know, I wish I was playing more, but we're going to see how it goes".

"They are going to hear me".

The Sixers handled Embiid with kid gloves last season. The injury-plagued center enjoyed a breakout season before the injury, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks despite playing just 25.4 minutes per game.