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  1. #1
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    Questions surrounding Joel Embiid maturity....

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - So, who is Joel Embiid, really?

    The 76ers rookie appears to be a likable person. The 7-footer always speaks to reporters in passing, even though he's off-limits for interviews.

    He displayed a fun-loving personality on Twitter and Instagram by unsuccessfully recruiting LeBron James to the Sixers and asking out Rihanna and Kim Kardashian on dates.


    Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn't disclose his weight, a source said he's close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season.

    His work ethic is being questioned by some inside the organization.

    And a blowup with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis is one of the reasons he was sent home during the team's recent West Coast road trip.

    So, who is Embiid?

    "He's a young, 20-year-old kid who is trying to figure his way into being a professional basketball player and learning life," Sixers forward Luc Mbah a Moute said.

    Mbah a Moute knows more about his fellow Cameroonian than anyone here in the United States. He spotted Embiid at a basketball camp in their homeland several years ago. The 28-year-old has mentored Embiid ever since.

    "Obviously, you can see some of his immaturity [in] his tweets sometimes," Mbah a Moute said. "But you can also understand how mature he is in certain situations the way he handled himself. . . . He's a good kid, man.

    "At the end of the day, it's tough for him being in a situation where people can't really see who he is as a person."

    So true.

    Reporters are not permitted to interview Embiid until he participates in a full, five-on-five scrimmage, a league policy the Sixers follow. Based on his rehabilitation program for predraft foot surgery, that time may not come until late April or May, if at all this season.

    Instead, the public perception of him comes from his fun-loving Twitter pranks, or whether you believe what others say about him.

    But here are the definite truths.

    Embiid came to the United States as a high school junior to play basketball. Now, for the first time, he has to deal with not being able to play the sport he learned to love.

    On top of that, the former Kansas standout is about 6,000 miles from home. Having the support of teammates, especially Mbah a Moute, is good. But there's nothing like having your family around during tough times.

    And it has been tough for Embiid, who's still dealing with the loss of his younger brother Arthur. The 13-year-old died in a car accident in October in Africa.

    Playing in actual games would be a good way to help him cope. However, the closest he has gotten is participating in pregame shooting drills.

    Because of the foot injury, his conditioning has been limited. Embiid can only do things such as use the antigravity treadmill and take long walks to generate a rapid heart rate. In the process, he has become noticeably heavier than the chiseled 250 pounds he carried in college.

    The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn't always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He's even blown off conditioning drills, one source added.

    An altercation with Davis during the West Coast trip, coupled with Brown's wanting him to be in "more of a structured, stable environment," pushed the Sixers to send him home, the sources said.

    Because he's not practicing, Embiid is unable to give his side of the story. Maybe that's all for the best. Brown said Embiid "has been good trying to get back on track with his conditioning."

    The Sixers don't want to rush the third overall pick onto the court. It's also believed they would be content if he missed the entire season, as Nerlens Noel (knee surgery) did last season. That's understandable.

    Embiid was a health risk even before the Sixers drafted him.

    A stress fracture in his lower back kept him out of the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments last winter. Still, he was projected to go No. 1 until a stress fracture in his right foot was diagnosed the week before the draft. He had surgery June 20 and was expected to be sidelined up to eight months.

    So, the Sixers are being cautious.

    "He's boxed up in a big man's frame," Brown said. "He is frustrated at times when he isn't playing. He can't play. And I just feel like there are a lot of things going against him."

    The Sixers are hoping he sheds the weight and is 100 percent healthy by next season.

    He'll be happy to be back on the court contributing for the Sixers. At that point, we'll finally learn just who Embiid actually is.


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    Dude went from 250 to 300 lbs, what do you make of this?

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    The warning signs are there for him to be a total bust. With MCW reportedly being shopped and Noel having a relatively low ceiling, the rebuild in Philly might take longer than anticipated.


    Kristaps Porzingis
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    Another Hasheem Thabbet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    The warning signs are there for him to be a total bust. With MCW reportedly being shopped and Noel having a relatively low ceiling, the rebuild in Philly might take longer than anticipated.
    Sixers fans seem to think they will be in the playoff hunt after next season. I don't see it.

    If the Cavs have 3 all-stars and are struggling , I don't see them getting into the playoffs in 2018 without one franchise player, let alone an all-star yet. They would need a couple karat cut diamonds to be found in this draft.

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    I think Philly has hit a serious snag in their rebuild. In theory, the idea makes perfect sense- tank, stockpile assets and rebuild with younger players. The application though is where things can go horribly wrong. So far, the jury is out on Hinkie's draft picks: idk what to make of MCW, and apparently neither do the Sixers, since they're comstsntly back and forth about moving him.

    Noel looks decent and I think he'll be a good center, but he's just that- a center, the same position Embiid plays.

    And what happens with Saric? Does he even come over? When?

    It just seems like Philly fans are always gonna be waiting for the other shoe to drop. When are they gonna begin to turn things around? I don't even see a framework of a team. It doesn't look promising.

    I get Hinkie's mindset: you don't want to be in 35-win purgatory forever. But tanking isn't an exact science. Honestly, if anything, I hope this teaches teams not to go all-in on being horribly bad, because it truly is not a guarantee of future success.

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    sixers scammed again lol?

    first bynum...
    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    The Knicks were never this bad of a team. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body.

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    He'll be fine, I would imagine it would be hard to keep off some weight when you aren't able to play. Lets see him on the court before we anoint him a bust.

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    i would expect any growing teenager who has been injured for sometime to gain weight. but dont look too much into anything that comes from Philly media bcuz outside of Tom Moore they all hate Hinkie and like to start **** bcuz he gives them no information. i would take this with a grin of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beasted86 View Post
    Sixers fans seem to think they will be in the playoff hunt after next season. I don't see it.

    If the Cavs have 3 all-stars and are struggling , I don't see them getting into the playoffs in 2018 without one franchise player, let alone an all-star yet. They would need a couple karat cut diamonds to be found in this draft.
    since when do u need a franchise player to make the playoffs, especially in the east?

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    While we're on the topic of maturity from younger players;

    http://www.basketballinsiders.com/li...-nba-teenager/

    This article is a great read, all about being in the NBA as a teenager. ^
    Last edited by Goose17; 01-18-2015 at 02:26 PM.

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    And face it, he never wanted to be a sixer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf2Fr9RJdl0

    Delay my arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    The warning signs are there for him to be a total bust. With MCW reportedly being shopped and Noel having a relatively low ceiling, the rebuild in Philly might take longer than anticipated.
    Hmm on offense, sure.

    But defensively, I have to disagree. He's currently leading all rookies in rebounds, blocks, AND steals.

    The guy is extremely active as a defender. He's gonna need to put some weight on, but I think his quickness is a big reason why he's able to get so many steals. He has an uncanny ability to pick ballhandler's pockets and he also tips a lot of entry passes while providing his signature shot-blocking ability.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZfMyy6vJc

    I wouldn't let his offensive struggles define him, because that's not what his game is about.

    Embiid is the one the Sixers are counting on to provide post scoring while Nerlens will have to develop his midrange jumper.
    Last edited by SeoulBeatz; 01-18-2015 at 03:18 PM.

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    Let's see the kid out on the court before we judge him. His brother just died, he's dealing with his first major injury while trying to adjust to nba life. He'll be fine, it just may take him a little longer than expected.

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    His little brother died a few months ago.

    He isn't allowed to play basketball.

    He's 20.

    He's only been playing organized for 3.5 years.

    Talk about blown out of proportion. Give the kid a break. He has a lot on his plate.

    As a Kansas fan, I really wish Embiid got to experience college for a longer period of time. I thought his basketball skills were enough to go to the next level, but I really wanted him to get to be a kid for another year after only being in the states for such a short period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goose17 View Post
    And face it, he never wanted to be a sixer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf2Fr9RJdl0

    Delay my arse.
    lol what? The guy is our biggest cheerleader from the bench. He seems positively thrilled to be here.

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