If you thought LeBron James had no help on those Cleveland teams, try and analyze Joel Embiid and this Sixers situation. A 6-foot-10 guard out of LSU who gets paid to sit and watch. A fake All-Star that is overpaid, who came from the same place our choke artist coach came from — the Clippers, who haven’t won anything. Literally zero championships in franchise history. A bench that somehow, someway continues to get worse as the years go on. And, last but not least, a front office whose hands are tied because nobody wants Ben Simmons.
Ben Simmons will probably never show face again, and the Sixers will be forced to get rid of him for “John Wall” type talent. Wall is a name that has been floating around as of late, but it’s sad that Ben’s trade value has dropped to that point. The only other offseason “noise” was the team signing Andre Drummond to a vet minimum and re-signing the likes of Furkan Korkmaz, (three years, $15 million) and Danny Green (two years, $20 million).
For the Sixers, it is Joel Embiid vs. the World
The MVP runner-up is looking to secure the award this season as he carries this franchise on his back and paper knees for yet another season. Averaging 30-10 on a torn meniscus in the playoffs, Joel was the only 76er to show heart in any of those two series. The only bright future guy on the Sixers’ roster goes by the name of Tyrese Maxey, a second-year guard out of Kentucky. On the floor there are very few issues with his game. He’s confident, a workhorse, and a very versatile scorer. Off the floor, however, is where the Tyrese situation gets interesting.
Rich Paul, agent of Klutch Sports, has clients like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, John Wall. But he has two of Philadelphia’s players — Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey stated he would like to stay with the 76ers, but Rich Paul had other ideas. There was buzz around the NBA world that he wants both of his clients out of Philadelphia. Using power Rich Paul doesn’t have, this news broke the internet. The report was later retracted. Why would Tyrese want to leave? The city adores him, his minutes are about to skyrocket, and he’s in a big market town for basketball.
All these distractions, and yet Joel’s goal remains the same. Winning a championship in the city of Brotherly Love. A goal that seems far fetched as of late. The roster turnover throughout the past couple years has been remarkable. No roster year-to-year has looked the same. It is very hard to win a championship when you have constantly moving pieces. LeBron was lucky enough to have a true No. 1 overall point guard in Kyrie Irving, who eventually hit the biggest shot in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history.
Joel does not have that luxury, his most talented teammate being Jimmy Butler, who was only here for a short couple of months. With the Bulls adding DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball next to Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic; the Heat adding Kyle Lowry; the Bucks being the defending champ; the Hawks drafting Sharife Cooper; the Knicks adding Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier — THE EAST HAS GOTTEN STRONGER!
The Sixers are in trouble. It is truly Joel Embiid vs. the World. The former No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference will be lucky to even secure a six seed this year. It’s going to take an MVP caliber season and some for JoJo and the Sixers to make any noise.
Process this: in three years, Embiid will be 30. He will have been in the league for 10 years. Time is ticking. Get this man some help, or stick the nail in the coffin and get him out of here. Let him win elsewhere. From the looks of it, the Sixers won’t be doing any winning anytime soon. My colleague Lucas Johnson seems to agree with me.
He was right on point.
Time to sit back and watch this mess unfold. #TrustTheProcess