The ordeal is over for Joel Embiid. Touché à la main, with a torn ligament, but also a visage, with a fracture in the front, with pivot des Sixers and came out of the playoffs on a small double-double at 20 points and 12 rebounds at 7 on 24 to the shots. He was not selected as an MVP, and will not be an NBA champion.
The coming of James Harden did not allow the team to make a breakthrough, and it is not certain that this tandem will be able to go all the way to the title. One thing is for sure, James Harden is no longer the scorer he was as he proved in Game 6, and Joel Embiid was the first to notice.
“Everyone’s Thinking of Seeing James Harden of Houston”
To the question of what he needs from his teammate, here is what he answered.
“I don’t know. I don’t think we got what we expected from James.” Since he arrived here, everything I think you see is James Harden of Houston. “ answer him. “He is no longer the player he used to be. He has become more of a creator. There are times when he could have been more aggressive, and we could have all been more aggressive. »
A reporter asks him what the Sixers are missing to finally make it to the conference semifinals.
“Last year, before we lost to the Hawks, I thought we could get to the end. Same thing this year. Maybe we didn’t have enough time to find solutions… As we lost, we obviously weren’t good enough. “ answer him. « Many things can change… Moreover, I missed the first games of the series, and it is not said that it would have passed and I had been 100%. But the fact is, we lost, and I’m not the GM. I am not the president. I don’t make that kind of decision. These guys will do what they have to do to win a title. Whether it’s exchanging players, recruiting new ones or exchanging myself. Everything that can allow us to give ourselves a chance to win a title. »
“There are a lot of questions to ask. I don’t have the answers. It’s not my job. “
Another journalist asks him about Doc Rivers, who could be cut after these two failures. Did he find the words to motivate everyone?
« I don’t think we need someone at this point to be motivated. This is our job. When I really want to win, I don’t need anyone to tell me I have to give my all and what I have to do. I get paid for it, and I love it He explains before mentioning the direction. « Since Daryl arrived, he has done a good job of building the team. I trust the staff. There are a lot of questions to ask. I don’t have the answers. This is not my job«.
About these injuries, he explains that he had planned to have hand surgery, and that like every summer, he will work on what did not work. In particular, he mentioned the management of catches for two or even three.
« Personally, my goal remains the same: to win everything. Every season, I think I can do better. You always have a higher level that I can reach. All the playoffs allow me to see what I do to work during the summer. »