Doctor Warns Sixers Not to Take Embiid

"It would set off major red flags to me.”

Count George Stollsteimer as an opponent of the Sixers taking Joel Embiid in this week’s NBA draft. Embiid recently underwent foot surgery, and Stollsteimer — a doctor at the  Trenton Orthapedic Group — said that doesn’t bode well for the center’s career.

“My opinion is, it would set off major red flags to me,” Dr. Stollsteimer told the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. “Immediately, what I start thinking of is [Greg] Oden, Yao Ming–I know there’s comparisons, I think [Michael] Jordan had a similar injury when he was early in his career, but it’s a different animal.”

“Some of these big guys, just to me, it’s very scary,” Dr. Stollsteimer said. “So I don’t know if I’m trading up to get him, I might let him go until [pick] 14th, 15th, if he’s still around at that point, but I don’t even know if I would want to take him at [number] ten. It’s just worrisome.“

The NBA Draft is Thursday night. The Sixers have the third and 10th picks. [CBS Philly]