Embiid more of an Ibaka or Anthony Davis than a Yao or Bowie

Any chance the Celtics had at drafting Kansas big man Joel Embiid seemingly went out the window back on May 20, when Boston fell back in the NBA Draft Lottery.

But Embiid’s recent right foot injury, in which he had to have two screws inserted into his navicular bone, could very well make him slide in the draft – all the way to No. 6 where the Celtics pick on Thursday (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge has historically reveled in taking gambles, but selecting, or even moving up in the draft to select Embiid would no doubt be the biggest risk he’s taken since he took over as Boston boss 11 years ago.

“[The navicular bone and the ligaments around it] are responsible for taking the load of the weight of the body as it comes down,” said Dr. Ben Wedro of MD Direct to NBC Sports. “So, when you’re 7-foot whatever, that takes more load than if you’re me at 5-foot-9. It’s one of those things that happens unfortunately. I don’t know if we’re built to be 7 feet.”

Embiid was listed at 7-feet even, 250 pounds at Kansas, weighing considerably less than the likes of a Greg Oden, who was 7-feet and weighed 280 pounds while at Ohio State. The Cameroon-born Embiid didn’t start playing basketball regularly until 2010, so there is little basketball wear-and-tear on his body. Add in the fact that Embiid’s body resembles that of a Serge Ibaka (6-10, 245) or Anthony Davis (6-10, 220) more than a Yao Ming (7-6, 310) or Sam Bowie (7-1, 263) and there is reason to believe that Embiid can overcome the injury issues that have plagued so many top-drafted centers before him.

Follow Metro Boston Sports Editor Matt Burke on Twitter: @BurkeMetroBOS


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.


Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.