Joel Embiid profanely expressed his frustration with the 76ers' minutes restriction

Embiid's desire to play more minutes likely will be an ongoing situation this season, or at least early on.

When asked by reporters how much Embiid would play in the team's season opener against the Washington Wizards tomorrow night, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he didn't have a set number, but added, "somewhere like in the teens".

"I think the concept of minute restrictions is kind of complicated", Embiid said.

Philadelphia Sixers big man Joel Embiid says he's fully healthy and ready to take the 2018 National Basketball Association season head on, but the team is still going to ease him into the lineup given his extensive injury history.

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"It's on my mind, do we just spend our money and we'll get you more money the next game and so on, and just play him regularly and grow it from that base versus he sits forever and then he's just got to come in and save the day".

And more from Embiid after he was informed about Brown's comments.

As expected, the Sixers will exercise caution with Embiid, who inked a lucrative extension with the organization less than two weeks ago.

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"Oh sh*t, I didn't know about that", Embiid told PhillyVoice. "I still gotta get in game shape, but I think I'm ready for more". When active, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks despite playing just 25.4 minutes per game.

Between Joel Embiid's motivation to prove he doesn't need a minutes restriction to Ben Simmons finally being healthy after missing all of previous year, the Philadelphia 76ers are being considered a team to keep an eye on during the 2017-18 season when it comes to being a surprise contender. "We're going to discuss it, but at the same time I trust them, I trust the doctors, and even if I feel good, they have a plan behind it".

The coaching staff is faced with the tricky task of managing Embiid's allotted minutes over a 48-minute span. Brett Brown is considering using up his playing time in the first half instead of spacing it out to have him available in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers handled Embiid with kid gloves last season.

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