NBA Fines 76ers $100k For Embiid Injury Reporting Violation

Photo: Instagram/Joel Embiid 

The NBA slapped the Philadelphia 76ers with a hefty fine following their handling of Joel Embiid's return to the court after a lengthy absence. 

Embiid, a star center, made a comeback after missing 29 games, but the Sixers' reporting of his status drew the league's ire.

Before Tuesday's matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sixers initially ruled Embiid out due to injury. However, just hours before the game, they upgraded him to questionable on the injury report, violating NBA regulations.

Photo: Instagram/Joel Embiid 

According to league rules, teams must declare a player's status by 5 p.m. local time the day before a game, unless it's part of a back-to-back schedule.

Despite the violation, Embiid played in the game and scored 24 points. Consequently, the NBA levied a $100,000 fine on the franchise for non-compliance with the injury reporting protocol.

This isn't the first time the Sixers have faced penalties related to injury reporting. Earlier this year, they were fined $75,000 for inaccurately reporting Embiid's status before a game against the Denver Nuggets. In that instance, Embiid later underwent surgery for a torn meniscus.

Moreover, the team's woes extend beyond injury reports. In March, head coach Nick Nurse and guard Kelly Oubre Jr. were fined $50,000 each for their conduct towards referees during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Nurse was cited for aggressive pursuit and verbal abuse of officials, while Oubre's actions were deemed obscene with gestures directed at referees.

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Source: Fox News 

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