Brown hopes to lift Embiid's playing time to around 32 minutes by January.
After the 76ers said they will impose a minutes restriction on Embiid to start the season, Embiid blasted the decision to reporters on Tuesday, calling it "f--ing bull--". "If you look at it, if I started the third quarter, I have to literally wait like 16 minutes before I go back in and finish the game".
"I think they're talking about it right now".
Earlier in the summer, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said the team didn't anticipate a minutes restriction for Embiid this season. In his preseason debut last Wednesday against the Nets, Embiid erupted for 22 points - including 18 free throw attempts - in just 15 minutes of action. "I didn't know about that". I think I'm ready for more than whatever number they have. "I don't really know if there's a solid number", said Brown, via The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I feel great, and hopefully that changes based on this practice and tomorrow's practice".
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That's less than the cap the Sixers put on Embiid's minutes last season, when he hovered around 20 minutes per night for the first few weeks before increasing that load to 28 for the remainder of the year in late November. Last season, Brett Brown had Embiid on a minutes restriction, and that's going to continue this year. "We're going to discuss it, but at the same time I trust them, I trust the doctors, and even if I feel good, they have a plan behind it". Head coach Brett Brown was vague in describing just how much the 7-foot-2 center would play, only conceding that the amount would be "somewhere in the teens".
Wednesday's opener on the road against the Wizards will be a good test to see where the Sixers now stand when considering John Wall and company finished with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference last season.
"That's [expletive] [expletive]. I wish I was playing more minutes".