Star wide receiver Michael Thomas of the Saints waited nearly an entire off-season before opting to have ankle surgery and now will miss a significant portion of the upcoming season. In two of the last three seasons, Joel Embiid was dealing with a knee issue and looked sensational in a Game 3 of round two, leading the Sixers to 2-1 series leads. In two of the last three seasons, whether it was tendinitis, “the s*hits,” a meniscus, or a combination of things, he wasn’t nearly the same player in a monumental Game 4 that would have given Philly a commanding 3-1 series win. Look at the swings from Game 3 to Game 4 in both the 2019 and 2021 season, seasons where only knee issues derailed an MVP caliber season:
So avoiding surgery and slowly ramping up will be huge here.