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February 13th, 2017

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo: Joel Embiid Dancing at Meek Mill Concert ‘A Little Bit’ Disappointing

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Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Over the weekend, rap superstar Meek Mill took over his hometown of Philadelphia and held a concert at the Wells Fargo Center, the home of the Philadelphia 76ers. Meek Mill brought out DMX, Tory Lanez and even Maybach Music partner Rick Ross for the big show. Also in attendance at the concert were young 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Both Simmons and Embiid are currently on the shelf, with the number one overall pick in Simmons yet to play a game in the NBA. But Embiid has been tearing it up all season when he was playing, but as of late he was sidelined due to an injury.

That injury was revealed on Saturday to be a torn meniscus. The injury won’t require surgery, but it will sideline the big man possibly through the NBA All-Star break. But despite Joel Embiid suffering what could be a pretty serious injury, he still found time to enjoy himself during that Meek Mill concert on Friday night, dancing shirtless on stage.

Embiid was definitely having an awesome time at the show, but his enjoyment might also come at the disappointment of 76ers executives including general manager Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown.

Following from Gordie Jones of CSNPhilly.

“It’s not the best thing to see when you wake up on Saturday morning and find out that was the case because I know the reaction,” Colangelo said of the video that surfaced of Embiid dancing, shirtless, at the show. “I understand some of the potential concern out there.”

Colangelo said it is “more than likely we’ll hold him back until the end of the All-Star break,” meaning he will probably miss Monday’s game in Charlotte and Wednesday’s game in Boston, as well as his planned appearances in the Rising Stars Challenge and the skills competition on All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

As for the dancing, Colangelo said, “Being at a concert wasn’t disappointing. Probably being onstage and dancing was a little bit, given the circumstances and given the potential reaction. It’s understandable.”

Colangelo called Embiid “highly responsible” and added, “It’s hard to say to someone like Joel that has been a tremendous character and tremendous citizen for us, that he’s doing anything untoward or wrong.”

“I did see the video, and the conversations with Joel after I saw the video included a lot, some of which (media members) mentioned,” (Brett Brown) said. “By and large I’d prefer it was a private conversation with a 20-year-old.”

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