- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Speaking at NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid said he reached out to Wizards point guard John Wall when Wall ruptured his Achilles tendon a few weeks ago, NBC Sports Washington reported.

“I texted him. I feel sorry for him,” Embiid said. “I’ve been in that situation and I know it’s going to be a long time. I’ve had to miss a long time, too.”

Embiid was drafted in 2014 but did not make his NBA debut until the start of the 2016-17 season due to a broken bone in his foot.

“The least I can do is just text him and show him my support,” Embiid said. “I went through it. It’s not easy. It’s hard. He’s gotta trust the process.”

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton said he has been friends with Wall for some time and heard from his Bucks teammate, Eric Bledsoe, that Wall was “going through a rough time.” Bledsoe played with Wall at the University of Kentucky.

“We’re all brothers around here in this league,” Middleton said. “You just want to be there for a guy when he’s going through something. I hope he makes it through this. I hope everything goes well. I hope to see him back on the court playing at the usual level we’re all used to seeing him play.”

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