JACK'S SMACK: Self needs to stop waffling on Embiid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It’s high time Bill Self stops teasing his fan base about the availability of his 7-foot center in this tournament. This has gone far enough.

It’s a pretty good bet Joel Embiid will never play another game at Kansas. Self must know that. Embiid's handlers know that. It's time to move on.

I've never seen Self do such a waffling act in 11 years at Kansas. You think, you're confused, think about Self. The coach obviously can't get a straight answer from the medical staff.

Embiid's people are concerned about only one thing: they want his ailing back fixed before the NBA lottery.

The KU medical staff doesn't want to get sued.

Two days before KU tips off, Self admits Embiid is not healthy enough to get back on the practice court...and we're talking about him returning to action? Come on, folks. Why is everyone being misled? 

The tournament runs only three weeks. Embiid hasn't played a game in three weeks. He's taken no shots to the ribs, no contact to his body.

Self compounds the issue when he says Embiid can't start practicing until "he's doing very, very well in rehab."

What in the world is going on here? One minute, we're told he could be ready any time. In the next breath, we're told he can't even practice yet. This whole thing is turning into a charade.

The season needs to get over for KU. Jayhawks are going nowhere without Embiid. Let the man get healthy again. Life will go on even after KU makes an early exit in this tournament.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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