Joel Embiid gives profane response to the 76ers' minute restriction

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Joel Embiid is not happy with the 76ers. He said he was excited about the season, before saying, "I hope they don't have me on a minutes restriction".

Philadelphia Sixers big man Joel Embiid says he's fully healthy and ready to take the 2018 National Basketball Association season head on, but the team is still going to ease him into the lineup given his extensive injury history.

Sporting a new hairdo and on the heels of signing his shiny new contract, Embiid was not pulling any punches. "I think I'm ready".

The Philly Voice posted a full transcript of his comments, some of which we will look at here for the sake of full context.

The star, oft-injured center, who played in 31 games last season (his first 31 in the National Basketball Association after being the third pick in 2014), did not like to hear that coach Brett Brown estimated Embiid would play "somewhere like in the teens [in minutes]" as the season tips off.

"That's f--ing BS", he said after practice Tuesday. Maybe when I was younger, I would have been a little more angrier, It would have been a little madder. The Cameroonian wasn't allowed to play back-to-backs either - another restriction the team can expect throughout the season, according to his recovery. He played 14 minutes, 45 seconds against Brooklyn (11:28 in the first half), and 14:33 against the Heat, all of which came in the first half.

But on the eve of Philadelphia's season opener in Washington, it's become clear that the fragile 7-footer is still encased in bubble wrap.

With the minutes restriction in place, Embiid concedes that Brown has a tough job in figuring out when to use him in a game.

"I wish I was playing more minutes", the 23-year-old said. "I don't know, I wish I was playing more, but we're going to see how it goes". They've been extremely cautious with Embiid since he's been drafted and the goal is to build him into a guy that can continually go out and play 30+ minutes per game and 65+ games a year.

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