Cameroonian basketball star Joel Embiid is struggling after testing positive for Covid-19, according to Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers.
The 27-year-old was supposed to be rested for Monday’s 103-96 loss to the New York Knicks but will now miss out on more games according to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
One of the games Embiid will miss is Tuesday’s showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo and defending champions Milwaukee Bucks.
“He’s not doing well – he’s having problems,” said Rivers before the Knicks defeat.
Embiid has been a key figure in the Sixers’ impressive start to the season with 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Power Forward Embiid is just the newest member of the 76ers team to test positive for coronavirus.
“It’s obviously a problem because what is it – four guys now? And one employee. It’s clearly a problem,” added Rivers.
“We just have to keep trying to find ways to win, to score, and do whatever we have to and we have so far. We will play. We will compete.”
The 76ers’ loss to the Knicks on Monday was only their third season after winning eight games in the Eastern Conference, which they currently lead.