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The Philadelphia 76ers opted to send rookie Joel Embiid home from their recent West coast road trip as they were unhappy with his work ethic above all else.
According to Keith Pompey of Philly.com, Embiid has struggled with his weight during his spell on the sidelines with a broken foot and his work ethic has been questioned inside the organisation.
An argument with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis is also understood to be part of the reason why he was sent home, as coach Brett Brown is attempting to build a solid environment at the franchise.
“Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn’t disclose his weight, a source said he’s close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season,” Pompey noted.
“His work ethic is being questioned by some inside the organization.
“And a blowup with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis is one of the reasons he was sent home during the team’s recent West Coast road trip.
“The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn’t always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He’s even blown off conditioning drills, one source added.
“An altercation with Davis during the West Coast trip, coupled with Brown’s wanting him to be in “more of a structured, stable environment,” pushed the Sixers to send him home,” the sources said.
The 20-year-old has had a lot to deal with both on and off the court during his first season in the league, and after being picked No.3 overall in the Draft last year, there are big expectations of him after he has recovered from his injury.
However, it is clear that he has to avoid any further altercations and issues with the organisation and get back to focusing on putting himself in the best possible position to become a vital part of the team next season.