Joel Embiid returned to practice on Friday for the first time since undergoing finger surgery on January 10th.

Embiid added that he hopes to return to the court next week.

The Sixers are 5-3 in Embiid's absence.

Embiid added that he will wear a protective device on his hand when he returns. 

"Still getting used to it. From time to time, you get slapped on the hand, so going through practice and going through those scenarios and seeing how it goes and also getting back into it. I had a little time off where I couldn't do anything with the surgery, so probably a little bit winded, and have to get my conditioning back," said Embiid.