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Embiid plans to return this season, regardless of Sixers' record

Related Topics: Joel Embiid, Jonathan Kuminga

CAMDEN, N.J. - Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid spoke to the media Thursday afternoon for the first time since he suffered a knee injury a month ago, and said he hopes he will be able to return sometime before the regular season is over.

"That's the plan," Embiid said after Philadelphia practiced Thursday ahead of a game at home against the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. "Obviously everything has to go right, as far as getting healthy and being as close as I'm supposed to be. But yeah, that's the plan."

Embiid, 29, was in the midst of a historic season when Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga inadvertently fell on his left leg during a scramble for a loose ball in Philadelphia's 119-107 loss to the Warriors in San Francisco on Jan.